Author Archives: Jon Butterworth

About Jon Butterworth

UCL Physics prof, works on LHC, writes (books, Cosmic Shambles and elsewhere). Citizen of England, UK, Europe & Nowhere, apparently.

Stay at Home Festival

I just did a live Q&A with Hannah Fry, Helen Czerski and Robin Ince. If you watch it you can learn all kinds of stuff about quarks, champagne corks, charts & graphs, zero gravity flights and the dangers of trying … Continue reading

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Margin of Error

We have achieved 100k COVID-19 tests in day hurrah! Bang the pots and pans and stuff. There’s a certain amount of cynicism, with even the BBC fact-checking itself. Some of the tests are in the post, and several were on … Continue reading

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URL right

I changed the title of my previous post, because I was worried it would mislead people, or at best look like a crap pun. It was originally called “A boost in testing times”. The potentially misleading — and entirely unintentional … Continue reading

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A boost in trying times

My first ever blog post was about measuring the Higgs boson when it is produced with very high momentum and decays to b-quarks. When that happens, all the decay products of the Higgs appear in a single “jet” of particles. … Continue reading

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