Thesis off-cuts: the ancient history of general relativity

I have recently been thinking a lot about what introductory and background material I want to include in my PhD thesis, as my self-imposed December deadline continues to hurtle towards me at an alarming speed. Concurrent with this thinking, I've also recently been enjoying a fantastic book called The Poincaré Conjecture by Donal O'Shea, all …

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There’ll always be an England: Madrid week four

I didn't write a blog post last week as I was rather ill (fortunately not with coronavirus...) and consequently did not get up to anything of note. As of tomorrow, I'll have been in Madrid for a month, which seems rather unbelievable. I've been feeling a bit homesick this week. It's funny the strange things …

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Standard sirens, Cobaya and Beethoven’s 9th: Madrid week two

As of tomorrow, I'll have been in Madrid for two weeks! Time really does fly. The weather is still freezing and there's fresh snow on the hills behind campus (as you can hopefully see in the header image, which I took on my commute this morning). This week I made a proper start on the …

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