Last Friday I attended a conference called ReConEvent. It was all about “Publishing for Early Career Researchers – Immortalisation, Recognition and Metrics.” I know, I know, I’ll be a scientist my whole life but, coincidence of coincidences, last Friday was also the last day when I could technically call myself a researcher. Nevertheless, I had… Continue reading ReConEvent 2017
As usual, this month I’ve been going out of my way to try new things. It’s a habit I strongly recommend and I always enjoy looking back at the end of the month to see what I’ve been able to try. This month I’ve tried: 1. Graduating! Ok, technically I’ve graduated before, but… Continue reading New things I tried in June
A long time ago I discovered the Folio Society. They make incredibly beautiful editions of books and for a while, I collected them. At this time they often had offers that would bring the average price down a little, which was great because books like this aren’t cheap to make, but eventually, the prices rose… Continue reading Book review: Relativity – The Special and the General Theory
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
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!