Category Archives: history

the shadow of the past

The Borders

Twelve years ago, I spent a very enjoyable four days on St Cuthbert’s Way, a long-distance walk crossing the border between England and Scotland. The walk officially goes from Melrose (where Cuthbert was prior of the abbey) to Holy Island … Continue reading

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G. C. Steward lectures 2008

While I was uploading lecture notes, I also put on the page the notes from my G. C. Steward lectures at Gonville and Caius College in 2008. You can find them here. I spent the first half of 2008 in … Continue reading

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Projective and polar spaces

I have produced a new edition of my lecture notes on Projective and Polar Spaces and put them with my lecture note collection. I did this because it seems that people still find some use for these notes. According to … Continue reading

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Pirates of Pangaea

Neill’s new book came out a little while ago, and this morning I saw that he had finally got round to announcing it on his blog, and asking people to spread the news by word of mouth, since the publishers … Continue reading

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Last year, I commented on Darryl Cunningham‘s book Science Tales: Lies, Hoaxes and Scams, where he uses comic book format to tackle some big abuses of science: the MMR scam, fracking, climate change denial, and so on. This year, I … Continue reading

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Yesterday I went to a big exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly (the anthropological museum of Paris). The exhibition was entitled “Mayas: Revelation d’un temps sans fin”, and with that enticing reference to infinity, I hoped that they would … Continue reading

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Spitalfields Nippers

Last night, the book of Horace Warner’s photographs of the Spitalfields Nippers was launched. Introduced by the Gentle Author, who runs the Spitalfields Life blog (“In the midst of life I woke to find myself living in an old house … Continue reading

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