I got an unexpectedly pleasant package in the post yesterday. It came from the Institute of Physics‘ publishing arm, and contained a few copies of a brochure highlighting their main letters journal’s Best Papers of 2010. It turns out that a paper by me and my PhD student, Emma Suckling, was selected. Sadly for me, but perhaps better for the world, Emma is now working at the London School of Economics, using statistical methods to understand climate change. We are working on another paper together, though, based on more of the work from her thesis. I dare say it will be the only theoretical nuclear physics paper with a London School of Economics affiliation.