FEDERICO BARNI will be writing a blog about how the worlds of science and design are coming together. Read his introductory post explaining this exciting new chapter in design here
In the latest post in her Pi Blog, ‘Hot and Bothered’, PHOEBE LEWIS explains what fracking actually is
OLIVER GITTUS explains why the logical field of mathematics cannot be proven true
If academic subjects were schoolchildren then mathematics would be the child reading a book by themself, more concerned with imaginary constructs than the playground and social interaction. Every other subject can be considered an exercise in ontology as the subject is related to something else, science with inductive logic, the humanities with semi-empirical methodology and the arts with its muses. However, mathematical systems are self-contained, dependent only on their axioms.
Axioms were classically regarded as self-evident truths and to …
DECLAN ROONEY explores the recent ground breaking discovery in nuclear fusion research
Nuclear fusion is the process that is responsible for all life on Earth. A bold statement I know, but true nonetheless. Nuclear fusion is the process that powers the sun, which in turn produces light rays that fuel the plants around us and keep us alive.
Without nuclear fusion in the sun, earth would freeze over and the ozone layer would collapse, leaving us exposed to the harsh radiation of space. But what use could this formidable process have to …
MATTHEW THOMAS interviews Dr Peter Grindrod, planetary scientist and curator of the Wilkins building artwork
How did 10 Miles of Mars come about? What was the inspiration behind it?
I’d wanted to do it for years. Every day I get to look at breath-taking images of Mars for my research, and I really wanted to share both their detail and importance to a wider audience. But the final push came when I saw the huge Mars panoramas at the Wonders of the Universe exhibition at the National Maritime Museum earlier this year …
JAMES ROWLAND reveals that Tetris has applications that go beyond being a mere computer game
For those who find the business of social interaction difficult, Tetris has often provided solace. It’s a metaphorical safe house in which causing geometrically well defined shapes, or tetrominos, to dissolve is rewarded.
Avid Tetris fans often find reciprocity with others challenging due to the lack of predictability that their mathematical minds thrive upon. Tetris provides an environment in which their floundering logical minds can flourish, an environment in which they can triumph and gain a satisfying …
MATT THOMAS celebrates at Darwin’s Nerdy Birthday Party
Wrong. In her latest blog, PHOEBE LEWIS explains how global warming isn’t just a problem for the Polar Regions
ALEXANDER BATES discusses the scientific books shortlisted for the Winton Prize
In the second post of her Pi Blog, Hot and Bothered, PHOEBE LEWIS looks at the storms that ravaged the UK over winter, and asks why, indeed, Christmas was so crap