Hexayurts and African Villages

As you may have guessed I am a fan of mathematics. Numbers themselves leave me cold, however. Even some of the great quests of modern mathematics can occasionally appear to me simply as… Continue reading

Lasering my Laptop

I finally got the courage together to put my laptop into my lasercutter. It worked! If anyone is interested this was using a 25W Versalaser at 100% power, 10% speed, 1000ppi (three powers… Continue reading

My dream Royal Institution

Edit 24/1/13The RI crisis returns with the recent announcement that the buildings might have to be sold. Some are calling for clear statements of visions for the future, so I believe that this… Continue reading

Socolar and Taylor’s aperiodic tile.

As regular readers know I have a love of incomplete or impossible quests.  One such quest that comes very close to my work is quest for an aperiodic tile. A shape that can… Continue reading

Finding Ada: Alicia Stott Boole

March the 24th is the birthday of Ada King, Countess of Lovelace. An icon for mathematicians and computer scientists as the first programmer. She developed algorithms that could be run on Babbage‘s analytical… Continue reading

Building Mathematics: The Maker Faire in Pictures

[Update 18/3/10 The student from my Communicating Maths course who helped out with the stall over the weekend has put his story up on the course’s blog: Maths Students Read the Newspaper .]… Continue reading

The Laws of Gelada (How to be a grad student)

Laws of graduate school to help you become a misbehaved top scientist.

Recent and current projects

I seem to be working on quite a few things at the moment so I thought I would collect a list of them together for those who might be interested. Firstly the course… Continue reading

Reflections in spheres

The beautiful images that can be produced by raytracing reflection in spheres.

Spirographs and the third dimension

Some thoughts on spirographs and how to make them in three dimensions.

LMS internet communication 2

As promised here is a draft of my article on ideas for the LMS and using the internet for society communication. Please comment! Currently the LMS has two main mean of communication. The… Continue reading

LMS internet communication

I have been asked to write a short proposal on internet communication for the council of the LMS (London Mathematical Society). More specifically, how the internet can be used to get better communication… Continue reading