September 2008


It’s been a busy morning, sorted out my International driving permit, got a fist full of yen, found my passport, sorted out directions to the airport and have done my packing! Now I just have to book the long-stay carparking, clear my camera’s memory card and tidy the house. No rest for the wicked!

I hope to bring you some photoblogging while I’m on my trip to the land of the rising sun so keep an eye out here for some posts and I’l be posting on my flickr site too so watch this space!

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The beauty behind the numbers:

Dynamical Systems

There seems to be a preconception that scientists are, generally, not very artistic. However, I would argue that art, and indeed, beauty is in the understanding of the subject. The equation “e=mc²” is a thing of beauty if you can comprehend the complexity and profound nature of the fundamental realisation it is expressing. The idea that energy and mass are “two sides of the same coin” is a cornerstone of modern science and to have the concept expressed so simply is surely a thing of beauty. In the eye of the right beholder it is art.

I’m off to Japan soon, just for a week but it should be a great trip to see my Brother-in-Law who’s out there working and to do as much sightseeing as possible! I’ll probably be dragged around various amazing places that my wife has researched months in advance but I’ll be happily clicking away on my camera and trying to commit everything to memory.

Todai-ji Temple

Todai-ji Temple

No, it’s not a typo. It’s from a WW2 slogan “Loose Lips Sink Ships”

Poster

Poster

“If you can see the bandwagon, it’s already too late”

Well if that’s the case then I’m not jumping on anything, it’s just that I’ve finally gotten round to trying one of these out! I guess the real test will be in keeping updated and posting regularly.

Watch this space.