Month: June 2013

Books about PhDs
I was wondering whether anyone has any recommendations for books about getting/doing a PhD. I am now reading The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research and it is very good, so I’d happily recommend it – it is one of those books that helps you see the underlying order in what appears to be the chaos […]

How can I lose that final stone?
The graph on this page shows the moving fortnightly average of my weight (in pounds – human weight will be one of the last things to go metric in Britain) since the middle of February. I think the graph shows I am still losing weight from my gymfivetimesaweek approach, but it has become much harder […]

What is this “complexity” of which you speak?
What is this “complexity” of which you speak?. My review of an excellent companion volume to “Godel, Escher, Bach”

A cynical thought
I am now reading up on supercomputer operating systems – part of the literature review for the qualifying dissertation of my PhD and so, naturally enough, took a peak at the new TOP500 list of supercomputers – topped by by the Chinese National University of Defense Technology’s TianHe2 (I have just been reading of its […]

The proof that frightened Pythagoras
I have been meaning to do this for a while … Pythagoras was said to be shocked by the proof that is an irrational number (i.e., that it cannot be represented as a ratio of two whole numbers). The proof (by contradiction) is a simple one. If is rational then and where and are the […]

How to be a successful PhD student
The answer is buy a soft backed note book. Well, there is a bit of presumption going on here. I am not a successful PhD student as ultimately that is a binary thing: a successful PhD student is one who gets the doctorate. I have not even begun an experiment yet. But I do feel […]

Incompleteness in the natural world
A post inspired by Godel, Escher, Bach, Complexity: A Guided Tour, an article in this week’s New Scientist about the clash between general relativity and quantum mechanics and personal humiliation. The everyday incompleteness: This is the personal humiliation bit. For the first time ever I went on a “Parkrun” today – the 5km Finsbury Park […]

Gödel, Escher, Bach
Eternal is the right word. Finally finished Godel, Escher, Bach – click the link above to read my review.

Apologies
I posted an article in which I identified a Wikipedia user – UK2013 – as vandalising a page. They didn’t. The page was vandalised, but I named the wrong user. Apologies for that. Rather than correct the article I have just deleted it. I won’t be publishing an updated version.