We went to Cambridge which, while only 48mins away on the train, felt like an adventure in these coronaviral times. The world has shrunk to a plague-stricken village, while at the same time growing to inaccessible dimensions.
The proximate cause of the adventure was a 50th birthday party (thanks Ben and Esther!). I don’t know how this happened, but people who are younger than me are now achieving their half century. Even my little brother made it earlier in the year.
At the party I felt much younger than my calendar age. The morning after, I felt somewhat older, and probably looked it while doing the Cosmic Shambles thing from our hotel room. We discussed amongst other things, Steven Weinberg’s contributions to the foundation of the Standard Model. He did this the year I was born – roughly fifty years ago. Or, as they seem to be calling this these days “nearly fifty-five”. Dammit.
Perhaps more accessibly, I have been writing some little physics explainers for BBC Science Focus. Here is the first: Why are bubbles round? (yes they probably asked Helen Czerski first but I expect she’s busy…)
Also I will be talking to Helen, and Robin, and Clara, on Sunday for Cosmic Shambles. We will be talking about the legacy of the great Steven Weinberg, who I was privileged to meet once at the this meeting. Don’t miss us on Cosmic Shambles: