How asking a question on Stack Exchange kick started my career in research

I did my undergraduate degree at Aberystwyth University in Wales. I took the astrophysics course, which ran in parallel to the plain physics degree for the first two years, covering all the basics such as mathematical methods, classical mechanics, waves, optics, thermodynamics and so on. In the third year the astrophysics became the main focus, …

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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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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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