Revolutions in Science

by Nicholas Mee on January 31, 2019

I was recently interviewed by Oxford University Press about my new book The Cosmic Mystery Tour. This is part of the interview filmed in Oxford in October 2018.

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Bagels, Knots and Sculpture

by Nicholas Mee on December 23, 2018

This is a short video about some of the Symbolic Sculpture animations that I created some years ago with the sculptor John Robinson.

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Neutrinos, Quarks and Leon Lederman

November 9, 2018

Leon Lederman died at the age of 96 on 3 October 2018. Lederman was one of the leading particle physicists of the twentieth century and a key architect of the Standard Model. Working with Melvin Schwartz and Jack Steinberger at Brookhaven Laboratory in New York in 1962, Lederman was co-discoverer of the second type of […]

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The Cosmic Mystery Tour

October 20, 2018

My new book The Cosmic Mystery Tour is an illustrated account of cutting-edge science with brief stories of the quirky characters who made it possible. The universe is full of wondrous and beautiful places, but this is not just a sight-seeing trip. We will investigate how the universe works. What makes it tick! It is a […]

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A Cartographic Conundrum

September 10, 2018

In the Victorian era the British were fond of watching the pink of their empire spread outwards across maps of the world. A rather perceptive young student Francis Guthrie noticed something rather surprising while colouring the counties on a map of England. It seemed that no more than four colours were ever required to colour […]

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The Generation Game

June 10, 2018

In 2012 CERN announced the discovery of the Higgs boson, the final missing fundamental particle of the standard model. But many mysteries remain. Atoms consist of a tiny nucleus composed of protons and neutrons surrounded by a swarm of orbiting electrons. Protons are formed of two up quarks and one down quark bound together, whereas […]

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Burning Down the House

May 21, 2018

In 1998 two students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, studying for PhDs in computer science at Stanford University, California founded a new tech company called Google. The company was based on an algorithm they had invented and incorporated into a new search engine—the Google browser. Less than two decades later Google is valued at well […]

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Hawking Crosses the Event Horizon

March 22, 2018

Stephen Hawking died on 14 March 2018. As a student in the 1960s he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and given just two years to live. Confounding these predictions, he lived to become the world’s most famous scientist since Einstein. His incredible determination to succeed in the face of any obstacle and his drive to […]

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Hawking Radiation

March 19, 2018

What is the connection between a steam engine and a collapsed star? Not much, you might think. There is, however, a very deep and subtle connection that is still not completely understood. Brewing Up New Theories of Physics James Prescott Joule, the son of a wealthy Manchester brewer, was taught physics by John Dalton, famous […]

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The Pale Blue Dot

March 7, 2018

Voyager I was launched by NASA in September 1977, on course for the outer solar system and beyond. Carl Sagan realised the mission was an opportunity to highlight the immensity of the cosmos and acquire a new perspective on our place within it. After some persuasion, NASA agreed and in 1990 Voyager’s cameras were directed […]

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