Saturday, 19 September 2009


Can't get enough of SBS. Tonight, on SBS2, I caught Das Wunder von Bern, which is a true classic. Sentimental, but not over the top. And, somehow, I immediately knew that the story centred on the coal-mining town of Essen, where my friend Markus lives. I had an enjoyable visit there a few years back, and clearly remember the Krupp mansion.

And then I switched to SBS1 and landed part-way through La Pianiste. I should have gone to bed but, once you've started watching a French movie, it is hard to stop.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

My (Physics) Genealogy

Many mathematicians include a Genealogy (all mathematicians reachable by following links from an advisor to a student) or link to the Mathematics Genealogy Project on their website, so I looked for something similar for Physics. There does not seem to be such a tool but, with the help of wikipedia and starting from Dorothy Hodgkin, here is my Genealogy:
  • Paul C. Abbott (UWA 1987);
  • E.N. (Ted) Maslen (Oxford 1959?);
  • Dorothy Hodgkin (Cambridge 1933?);
  • John Desmond Bernal (Cambridge 1922/3?);
  • Sir William Henry Bragg (Cambridge 1884);
  • Sir Joseph John “J. J.” Thomson (Cambridge 1883);
  • John Strutt (3rd Baron Rayleigh) (Cambridge 1868);
  • Edward John Routh (Cambridge 1857);
  • William Hopkins (Cambridge 1830);
  • Augustus De Morgan (Cambridge 1826);
  • Adam Sedgwick (Cambridge 1811);
  • Thomas Jones (Cambridge 1782);
  • Thomas Postlethwaite (Cambridge 1756);
  • Stephen Whisson (Cambridge 1742);
  • Walter Taylor (Cambridge 1723);
  • Robert Smith (Cambridge 1715);
  • Isaac Newton (Cambridge 1668).
Note that once you link to Cambridge it is quite likely that you will reach Newton.