I don’t know if you know, but it’s British Science Week right now. My science communication efforts have plummeted to almost nothing since I wrapped up basically everything to write my thesis. I just haven’t quite got back involved with things yet (and it’s probably best I don’t give up quite as much of my… Continue reading Think and Drink Science Pub Quiz
Every month I do a quick round up of at least five of the new things I’ve been trying. I find it’s a fun way of looking back on what I’ve been getting up to and a good way to keep track of things. I’ll put links to previous months’ posts at the end of today’s… Continue reading New things I tried in February
Way back in August I got an email from Dr Lily Asquith of the University of Sussex, asking if I could be available in February to give a seminar about LIGO and gravitational waves to the experimental particle physics group there. I was flattered, but a little confused. I emailed back saying I’d be happy… Continue reading Gravitational Waves seminar at the University of Sussex
It’s one year since the LIGO collaboration (LSC) announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves. On that day last February I remembered being very excited. We’d been sworn to secrecy for months, coached on where to send questions from journalists and what not to put on social media. While we knew there was still a… Continue reading The Detection of Gravitational Waves, a year on
As I’ve mentioned to a few people recently, the end of a PhD is a bit like the end of The Return of the King. Do you remember? I don’t think it was as obvious in the book, but in the film there seemed to be about ten endings, one after another. Just when you… Continue reading Thesis corrections are in!
I’m lucky enough to have a very beautiful, Folio Society edition of The Double Helix, packed with photographs and diagrams, as well as an introduction by Steve Jones and a forward by Sir Lawrence Bragg. This is enough to delight any nerd (and incidentally pushes the page count just above 150, making it an acceptable… Continue reading Book review: The Double Helix
My viva (phd thesis defence/exam thing) was yesterday and I passed! I met with my examiners at 13:00. The first thing my external examiner said was “I enjoyed reading your thesis, I think the research is interesting and important, and I see no reason why we shouldn’t pass you – I just have a few… Continue reading I passed my viva!