Category Archives: Rambling

How the rainbow illuminates the enduring mystery of physics

At Aeon Magazine (who commissioned it) but also in The Atlantic and Quartz. This summer I went on a family holiday to Cornwall, on the Helford River. The peninsula south of the river is, rather wonderfully, called The Lizard. Standing on its … Continue reading

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After a summer of excitement, we’re left with the status quo. And maybe that’s no bad thing

At the Guardian.

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Running to stand still: a brief political analogy

Yesterday morning, the clock radio was broken because we’d spilled water on it. In the evening, a bolt fell out of the bed, and we noticed that the whole bed was in danger of collapse. During the day, I dried … Continue reading

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Brilliant Blunders: the mistakes made by some of history’s greatest scientists

At the Guardian.

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Whether it is cricket or physics, imagined scenarios can expand the limits of our understanding

At the Guardian.

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Weasels in the Large Hadron Collider, and self-throwing dead cats

At the Guardian.

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My Toy Story: Die-Cast Cars (Matchbox, 1953 – Present)

At TallManWithGlasses.

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Mathematical déjà vu, and Coffee

At the Guardian.

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Inside the Rad Lab

Review of Michael Hiltzik’s Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention That Launched the Military-Industrial Complex in Nature.

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The genesis and renaissance of general relativity

At the Guardian.

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