Bifurcations, Catastrophes and Symmetry

 Autumn 2016: a new academic year, a new term, time for a new module!  Well, not entirely new since half of it was largely based on a module I taught the previous couple of years (but with much of the detail removed to concentrate more on the ideas and applications), but still this was a module that I have been…

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Microsculpture: The Insect Portraits Of Levon Biss

  The Oxford Natural History Museum is a wonderful gem of a building (not least because of the amazing Pitt Rivers museum tucked away at the back, with every corner, shelf and drawer stuffed with antiquity) and amongst the dinosaur bones and dodos there’s often a temporary exhibition which at the moment is the outstanding photography of Levon Biss. It’s…

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Metal Earth Stag Beetle

Another toy for my office! This metal model of a stag beetle comes flatpacked, as with a previous one, but is a lot more fiddly to put together. End product though turns out to be worth the extra effort. I also have an unmade tarantula sitting on my bookshelf, but given that the legs are the most frustrating and fiddly…

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Through The Keyhole

We recently had a cameraman and interviewer coming round the department to film a new admissions video for us (will link to it here when it’s ready) and although I’d cleaned my blackboard especially it was decided that there were going to be too many blackboards in the film already and why not use my office shelves as a background.…

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