Man is half-way between the smallest and largest phenomena Does what you think and do matter? As an individual, are you of any consequence at all? Will your brief birth, life and death on our bejewelled blue planet, one of a billion, billion globes in infinite space-time, have any impact or meaning? Such questions … More A PERSON OF UNIVERSAL CONSEQUENCE
Britons will have noticed that rain has not stopped falling, day or night, in the UK since April, the month when our Water Companies announced a drought, empty aquifers and hose-pipe bans. Here’s a tip to save them money: You can send the witchdoctors and shamans home… They can stop dancing and shooting fire-arrows into the … More MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND – THE CURSE OF ST. SWITHIN.
An actual decay of a suspected Higgs boson into two gamma rays (thick green lines) in the CMS detector recorded in 2012. Image credit: CERN Our indefatigable, critical correspondent – Mrs Trellis of North Wales – writes “Your description of the Higgs Boson and Custard is not in accord with my recipe for … More THE HIGGS BOSON & MRS TRELLIS OF NORTH WALES
Resisting the powerful temptation to comment on The City of London spending £92 million a year to change UK government policies, I lift my eyes to the heavens and turn to the most powerful and most mysterious force in the universe, gravity. Isaac Newton discovered and encoded the Laws of Gravity, which work perfectly for … More GRAVITY AND MOONSHINE
Alan Turing 1912-1954. Inventor of computers.Solved ENIGMA in WW2, saving thousands of lives Despite receiving my favourite magazine, New Scientist, with speculations about THE HIGGS, I am indebted yet again to The Guardian for a timely piece on Alan Turing and his Manchester University team’s remarkable 1951 computer “MADAM” Manchester Automatic Digital Machine. … More TURING AND THE BEASTS
Death of the Higgs. SADLY:- The HIGGS does not confer mass, says CERN; at least not much mass “approximately a fingernail of mass compared to the whole human body”March 2013 – In happier times for the Higgs – The Guardian newspaper today patiently explains that the hugely celebrated Higgs Boson, tentatively formally identified by scientists at the … More HIGGS BOSON AND CUSTARD