For most people, the Morse Code is something of an enigmatic historical artefact, today scoring a bit fat zero on the scale of usefulness. Most people are therefore correct. In the 21st century, worldwide proficiency in this niche language is scarce; but some 100 years ago, the Morse Code was indispensable. Indeed, the International Code (somewhat … Continue reading On the Electromagnetic Telegraph and Morse Code
Sometimes, just sometimes, an unmissable opportunity comes along. You take it. You end up spending a fantastic week in the vicinity of people who happen to operate on the same wavelength as you, congregating from all over the world on this tiny but charming island of Malta. I am writing this on my homebound plane, knackered … Continue reading International Conference of Physics Students (ICPS) 2016, Malta.
This intriguing title describes a very pretty phenomenon, published in a paper for the PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of United States of America) on 4th August 2016 by a team of scientists from the A. James Clark school of engineering, University of Maryland. It is an unprecedented form of a fire … Continue reading The Blue Whirl
The first day of the Conference of Astronomy and Physics Students (CAPS), Friday the 24th June, was a bittersweet affair. As the dire results of the EU referendum were announced, a 140-odd group of young, eager scientists was left feeling sombre and disappointed for reasons I need not name. It really is impossible to think of a … Continue reading CAPS 2016: Glasgow
The completion of my undergraduate degree merely cries out for a post about some of the books that helped me survive these last few years. There exists a plethora of educational texts on any possible topic within maths or physics, which could easily overwhelm students (especially first years) and prevent them from as much as stepping a foot in … Continue reading Books Which Downright Saved My Degree
Ho ho ho! 3 days after my return home from uni and already the sudden exposure to truly terrible Christmas adverts has exhausted my needle-thin patience. I love Christmas, I really do. I need a break from a super heavy term one, filled with essays and presentations and presenting my first ever (!!) academic poster (on … Continue reading Personal Christmas Musings
Organising your first international group trip is not easy. Having previously taken a handful of members of Warwick's Physics Society to Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, leading a similar-sized group abroad took a lot more preparation - to the extent where I was quite honestly hoping the trip would just be over as soon as possible. … Continue reading Physoc Does CERN!