Information Retrieval

Attention conservation notice: 680 words about Information Retrieval, and highly unoriginal. The following is very much inspired by a course by Cosma Shalizi but I felt it was worth rewriting to get to grips with the concepts. This is the first of what is hopefully a series of posts on ‘Information Retrieval’, and applications of…… Continue reading Information Retrieval

David MacKay interview on Climate Change

http://www.davidstrahan.com/blog/?p=1104 is a link to an interview with David MacKay one of the top civil servants on climate change, he is also the author of an excellent book. Mathematical analysis offers a lot in understanding the challenges we face, and its great to see an eminent physicist being involved in such things. What is very…… Continue reading David MacKay interview on Climate Change

Geometric Phases

I wrote this article as part of extending my undergraduate thesis. Its certainly not original but should be of benefit to someone. 1. Introduction A considerable understanding of the formal description of quantum mechanics has been achieved after Berrys discovery{BerryPhase} of a geometric feature related to the motion of a quantum system. He showed that…… Continue reading Geometric Phases

On Technology without Borders

As a naively minded Scientific type, I often make the mistake of imagining that merely developing technology is enough to better the world. As the developing world especially faces huge humanitarian challenges: for instance Malaria, Climate Change, HIV, and diseases such as TB, there are problems with the market conditions of the First World. Peter…… Continue reading On Technology without Borders

Procepts in Mathematics education

Todays blog post is a bit different to some of my views on politics, or current affairs. Its back closer to my student life as a Mathematics Masters student. Inevitably when one enjoy mathematics and physics one gets involved in giving tutorial classes or helping friends and family. Mathematics is something that we all agree…… Continue reading Procepts in Mathematics education

How to become an Astronaut or a Rhodes Scholar

I’m a fan of Cal Newport’s blog. He reverse-engineers student success and also more recently looks at what constitutes professional success. His recent article on Rhodes Scholars is very interesting. When reading some of these bios, one can be overwhelmed. Yet Cal once again reminds us that these aren’t parallel achievements. A friend of mine…… Continue reading How to become an Astronaut or a Rhodes Scholar