Video: Richard Feynman on inertia

Feynman tells how his father explained him inertia, when he was a child. Like the Blackawton bees, another example that children can ask, think and experiment scientifically.

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If you, like me, can’t recall immediately who Feynman was: There is some back ground reading for you on Wikipedia.

The Oxford University SIAM Student Chapter Conference 2011

Being one of the organisers, I wouldn’t miss this opportunity to advertise our student chapter conference here as well. If you’re interested in applied mathematics, do come!

We are pleased to announce the 4th Annual Oxford University SIAM Student Conference (, which will take place on Wednesday 9th February 2011 at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. The day consists of two plenary sessions, student talks and poster presentations. Our external plenary speaker is Alan Champneys, Professor of Applied Non-linear Mathematics at Bristol University, and our internal plenary speaker is Alain Goriely, Professor of Mathematical Modelling. Students working in applied mathematics all over the UK are strongly encouraged to attend, and limited TRAVEL GRANTS are available on request. The day will culminate with a conference dinner at St. Anne’s College. We are limited to 50 places for the dinner so it will be first-come first-served. Last year’s event was very successful and this year’s looks set to be even better.

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How does biology explain the low numbers of women in computer science? Hint: it doesn’t.

When going through my google reader subscriptions that had piled up over the holidays, I found this presentation by Terri Oda on how (or how not) biology explains the low numbers of women in computer sciences, (re)posted on the Geek Feminism Blog. Being a mathematician, I particularly like slide 14. 😉


Blackawton bees: A paper published by 8 year olds

This is awesome. Found via

A school class of 8 year olds did scientific experiments on vision and learning in bees and got a paper published in the journal “Biology Letters”. The article is available for free. There’s my reading for tomorrow’s travelling.