“As to what they may be”

Oh how grassy is this hopper, How this berry ripely rasps. I would never have conceived it If I weren’t conceived myself! —Wisława Szymborska (1923-2012) Astrobiology is sometimes and with some justice disparaged as a science with only one data point. This is not to deny the wealth of geological, astronomical and biological knowledge that … Continue reading “As to what they may be”

Not from the stars do I my judgement pluck…

I was pleased to help the excellent UK-based charity Sense about Science by designing their annual Celebrities and Science leaflet again this Christmas. Celebrities and Science 2012, compiled by volunteers, expertly rebuts the silly health fads and other ill-informed enthusiasms of the rich and famous. It is a grimly funny document. Most celebrities are distinguished in only one … Continue reading Not from the stars do I my judgement pluck…

Making fractals in MS Paint

Fractals are a set of complex, self-similar, organically beautiful structures described by certain mathematical functions. Images of fractals are generated by iterative algorithms, many of which are very simple. By starting with a small pattern, applying a simple transformation, applying the same transformation to the result, and repeating, one can quickly construct elaborate fractals with only a … Continue reading Making fractals in MS Paint

Hello, world.

I am a PhD research student at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. I’m English and before I came to Aberdeen I read Earth Sciences at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford ( I graduated in 2010). I am a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a STEM Ambassador (this means I can be booked for UK … Continue reading Hello, world.