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I give talks – on science, programming and more

The quick summary of this post is: I give talks. You might like them. Here are some details of talks I’ve done. Feel free to invite me to speak to your group – contact me at Read on for more details. I enjoy giving talks on a variety of subjects to a range of […]

Leaky abstractions in science

So, hot on the heels of my last post, I’m now applying another concept from a computing blog post to science. For many years I’ve been a fan of Joel Spolsky’s blog, and I’ve learnt a lot from it. One of his most interesting posts was called The Law of Leaky Abstractions. As with my […]

Default deny: A signal of academic maturity?

I listened to a very interesting episode of The Pod Delusion podcast today. In fact, all of the bits of the programme were interesting: from a discussion of faith schools from an athiest perspective, to a description of Tesco’s planning policies from a local council planning officer. However, the item on the programme that I […]

Aeolian Philosophy or “What is a sand dune?”

No, this isn’t about thinking deeply while the wind is blowing, or philosophising about how the wind is there but we can’t see it – it’s about sand dunes. Now, you might think that sand dunes are quite boring things, just hills made out of sand that sit there and do nothing. That couldn’t be […]

Art: in other words…?

Last night I went to see a production of Alan Bennett’s The History Boys at the Oxford Playhouse. It was a very good production, and very thought-provoking in many respects (particularly useful for the Theory of Knowledge course my Dad teaches). I wanted to pick up on a particular line which occurs when one of […]

Wisdom and Knowledge

As part of my geography degree I am reading the book Computer Processing of Remotely-Sensed Images (very interesting, but quite mathematical in places). Anyway, in the front of this book there are two quotes. Not unusual you might think – but I find the quotes that have been used quite amusing. “I hope that posterity […]