27 May 2015
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
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
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.”
17 May 2007
As a mathematician, obviously I have particularly poor mental arithmetic, but I’m usually okay at the Countdown numbers. Not quite as good, however, as this guy:
3 October 2006
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
I got back to Durham yesterday afternoon. I haven’t unpacked anything, except my computer — important things first!