About

Hi there. Thanks for visiting the “Symptoms…” blog. I’m a physicist at the University of Nottingham (see here for my UoN pages), a father of three, and a huge fan of metal music in all its various forms, sub-(sub-sub-sub-)genres, and variants. (Yes, evenĀ  — whisper it — some 80s hair metal…)

In addition to the day job — research, teaching, and the ever-present and ever-growing associated admin (a CV is here) — I have a keen interest in science communication and public engagement both online and offline via, for example, the Sixty Symbols project (and a number of Brady Haran‘s other YouTube channels including Numberphile and Computerphile); venting my spleen for a variety of magazines and websites including Times Higher Education, Physics World, and, very occasionally, the HuffPost blog; and getting out of my native university habitat to discuss science in less academic surroundings: Pint of Science, Skeptics In The Pub, and Cafe Sci.

While I don’t share my infamous namesake’s fascination with the binomial theorem, in my spare time I enjoy exploring the physics-rock-maths interface:

 

The “Pi Prog Rock” track above was a collaboration with Alan Stewart. All the hard work was Alan’s — all I did was add guitar on top. Alan’s superior version without my noise on top is here…

 

There’s also that “Uncertainty Principle Goes To 11” book under “Other Scribblings” in the sidebar to the right there…