Academic

  • 27 May 2015

    My Rubik’s Cube Solution

    A number of people have been solving Rubik’s cubes at work recently, and although there are numerous guides out there I can’t seem to find one that matches my approach for every step.

  • 5 August 2007

    Square Wheels and Catenary Roads

    The other day Paul told me that square wheels (and, indeed, any regular polygon except a triangle) can ride on a road constructed of inverted catenaries. A catenary is the curve made by a telegraph wire when stretched between two poles — a cable hanging under its own weight.

  • 24 May 2007

    Feeling Guilty

    This just goes to show how little time I spend in the department: After my meeting with Stefan today, we went to photocopy the work sheet, and I checked the pigeon holes for any mail. Shamus saw me looking and said, “you won’t find any mail in there; that’s for postgrads.”

  • 3 October 2006

    Waiting to Exist

    So after my induction meeting yesterday, I decided to go and get my registration form from the department, and sort out tuition fees and the like. At least, that was the plan…

  • 2 October 2006

    Back in Durham

    I got back to Durham yesterday afternoon. I haven’t unpacked anything, except my computer — important things first!