Latest Turing e-Petition...

I was going to post about creating videos but will save that for another day (I have a long video to watch first!). Instead I’ll post about the petition to put Alan Turing on the 10 pound note. The last e-petition concerning Turing – to grant him a pardon – has yet to succeed. This is mainly because it’s a general principle in this country that someone can’t be pardoned simply because the act is no longer criminal. This new petition probably has a greater chance of success. It’s not a certainty, scientists have been well-represented on our notes, for example Newton, Faraday, Nightingale and Darwin, but as Darwin is currently on the 10 HM Treasury may in the interest of balance opt for a non-scientist for that note. You can sign the petition here:...

New Year

At the start of each year I always like to review the year just gone and maybe make one or two New Year’s resolutions. Last year’s resolution was to finish things rather than keep starting new things and not finishing them. That resolution didn’t work out – well it nearly did. Some long-standing projects were finally completed and a lot of projects moved into the nearly done phase. I finished my new talk – on autotune. If I had 13 months in the year I could have finished the other stuff too, for example, two research papers need to be completed and my inbox still has too many unanswered emails. It really was a year of ups and downs. (Isn’t it always?) The year started with me accepting an award for my teaching and only days later my application for a pay rise was rejected. On the other hand, my book continued to sell very well and pushed past the 5000 copies sold mark; I appeared in the papers and on TV and radio (even if it was on a rather minor matter, it was still good fun); I produced a DVD (first of many?); I co-edited two proceedings (one of which has appeared). I could list more but, hey, I’m holiday! What about 2012? Well, this year’s resolution is the same as last year – I’m going to finish the leftover stuff. Watch this...

Boxing Day Post

I haven’t posted in a while because I’m on holiday in Brazil. I’m currently at my parents-in-law’s apartment in a place called Barra in Rio de Janeiro. Weather’s been good and I’ve only got sunburn on my right shoulder – my skin type is basically northern European and is not suited to sunshine so minor sunburn is considered a success. The weather is a complete contrast to last Christmas when it was -15 degrees celsius in the UK. Anyhow, I did have a chance to visit Thomas Lewiner, one of the guys who gave us the dancing dinosaur. I was able to ask him many dumb questions about the discrete Laplace-Beltrami operator. Perhaps, I’ll get round to writing up some stuff about it. It’s about time I got a new paper out! Anyway, next scheduled post is New Year’s day. Until then, tchau! PS. If you are waiting for an email reply from me, my apologies. I have nearly 150 messages in my Inbox, so a reply might be delayed while I’m on...

Problems with my blog...

I’ve recently reinstalled my blog following a hack attack. I think everything is back to normal (apart from the email letter sign up). Let me know if you see anything strange. Thanks. UPDATE: The style of the theme seems to have changed a bit so you have to click the title if you want to read the whole post....

British Science Festival in Bradford...

It’s a month to go until the British Science Festival which will be held in Bradford this year. Of interest to mathematicians are: Maths and Stats Busking 10-11 September in city centre – not sure where. See also my previous post about maths busking. Vital Statistics: Sport’s Key to Decision-Making, 1pm-3pm, Sat 10 September. The Maths and Computing Magic Show, 3.30pm-5pm, Sat 10 Sept X and Y Factor – A Mathematics Multi-media Competition, possibly 11am-1pm, Tue 13 Sept , see p10 of the pdf in the link. Maths Makes Waves, 1pm-3pm, Tue 13 Sept . The Sight and Sound of the Primes, 1pm-2pm, Wed 14 Sept. New Patterns – New Perspectives, Caroline Series, 4.30pm-5.30pm, Thu 15 September. Look out for me in the audience at the Maths and Computing Magic Show and Maths Makes Waves. I would like to attend Caroline Series’ talk but I may be on...

Tau Day

Tau day is here and I’m in The Times. The article behind a paywall but is currently (9:30am BST) on the top page: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/ There is also a leading article which claims I am the leader of the movement! Sorry Bob and Michael! UPDATE: 10:23BST. BBC Online article has appeared: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13906169 UPDATE: 11:48BST. Daily Mail. UPDATE: 20:11BST Fox News You can see my new video about Tau in my previous...