Gravity: an unfinished historical detective story

I have described in the past how I received gravity meter D-154 back from a service and convinced myself that it was working. It has been used on a number of field trips since that time, and has not, until this year, shown any sign of giving the wrong answers. However, until this year, onContinue reading Gravity: an unfinished historical detective story

Data: it is every where (Part 3(b): the #UCUStrike bonus extra)

After two weeks back at work, we are back on strike for a week, as university staff get angrier and angrier, and senior management retire into their bunkers and pretend to each other that the problem will go away. So, I have time to revisit my previous post on how our pay has changed overContinue reading Data: it is every where (Part 3(b): the #UCUStrike bonus extra)

Data: it is everywhere (Part 3: the #UCUStrike edition)

Well, we are on strike again (see previous posts passim ad nauseam: here, here, and here, among others). The current wave of strikes are in two parts: the ongoing dispute over our pension scheme (affecting the pre-1992 universities) and a dispute over pay and working conditions (affecting all UK universities). The pensions dispute is extremelyContinue reading Data: it is everywhere (Part 3: the #UCUStrike edition)

Data: it is everywhere (part 2)

A few months ago a family heirloom was passed on to me to take care of: a mercury barometer. , originally the property of my great grandfather, Dr William Hobson Mills of Jesus College, Cambridge. Getting it home was a bit of a nail-biting experience. You can not lie the things horizontally or the mercuryContinue reading Data: it is everywhere (part 2)