Category Archives: History

James Stirling

Today I got the terrible news of the untimely death of Professor James Stirling. A distinguished particle physicist and until August the Provost of Imperial College London, he will be remembered with fondness and admiration by many. Even astronomers – … Continue reading

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The Standard Model at Fifty

At the beginning of June 2018, I gave an (academic) talk on the discovery of the Higgs boson at a meeting at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio, USA) to celebrate fifty years of the Standard Model – the SM@50. … Continue reading

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Heroes, monsters and people: When it comes to moral choices, outstanding physicists are very ordinary

Did German physicists have a plan in the 1930s? And if so, was their physics any help? Last week, on the plane back from Chicago, I finished Philip Ball’s book about physics in Germany in the nineteen-thirties and -forties. I’m still … Continue reading

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We should do more to secure our digital memories

On bit rot, Donkey Kong and old photographs At the Guardian.

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