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May 04, 2007

Beauty is Truth – A short history of symmetry

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/more/symmetry/

I am very pleased to publish the first podcast mini-series we’ve done – A short history of symmetry with Professor Ian Stewart.

This is a series of 7 episodes (first two available today) focussing on key chapters of his new book, Why Beauty is Truth.

We’ve pushed the boat out a bit here – we have music!

It will prove to be a really interesting exercise – is this a format and approach that will be attractive; will it sell more books! We shall wait and see.

So, check out episode 1 and 2 – an introduction to symmetry in maths and physics and an overview of Babylonian mathematics, Greek geometry and a breif appearance by Omar Kyham.

In the next few weeks:

  • Renaissance Mathemeticians getting shirty with each other
  • Revolutionary mathematics in revolutionary France – a tale of tragedy, misunderstandings and an idea that reshaped most of physics and mathematics
  • What the physicists did next – Einstein and symmetry
  • Symmetry gets tough – quantum mechanics
  • An equation for every occasion – string, superstring theory and symmetry (plus a bonus track (cough) – what about an asymmetric universe?)

First cycle to work

So today was my first crack at cycling to work.

So what I hear you cry! Well, for me that means a 23 mile route from here= to here=

and obviously back again this evening.

Took just over 1hour 30 mins, which isn’t bad I think. The route is largely back roads and lanes except for the run through Warwick and out plus the last bit up Stoneleigh Lane, which isn’t that bad as the traffic isn’t really moving.

Interesting to note that this took me 1:30 to cycle and often takes 45mins in the car – so cycling only doubles the journey time. I though it might have been longer so that’s an interesting outcome.


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