Surrey Physics Blog

The blog of the Department of Physics at the University of Surrey

Four hours of lectures are rewarded by the world’s most bizarre fruit

I am in Malaysia for a school for Malaysian PhD students and postdocs. I have given four hours of lectures on modelling how crystals form. That is a lot – about 200 slides to prepare. That was hard work, but teaching really helps your understanding. Generally if you understand something you can, hopefully, explain it […]

Guest Post by Jeremy Allam: Drunken walks on a nanotube tightrope

George Pólya, the Hungarian mathematician, told a story about taking a walk and meeting the same couple over and over again. He became embarrassed about appearing to spy on them, but it got him thinking about the likelihood of repeated meetings between objects moving at random. In 1921 he published his famous recurrence theorem*, which […]

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