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Cinque Torri

Posted in Uncategorized on July 23, 2016 by telescoper

Today I was mainly occupied with a hike to the Cinque Torri,  a group of five towering peaks about 12 km from Cortina d’Ampezzo. It wasn’t too strenuous, although the recent rains had made some of the trail a bit slippery.

The route we followed included a visit to trenches, gun emplacements and other fortifications built during the First World War. There was heavy fighting in this area, because it was the border between Austria and Italy at that time.
It must have been very grim for the soldiers dug in above the tree line, especially during the winter.

Anyway here’s a quick snap of me abour to pass through a gap in one of the rocky structures at the peak, just before we started to descend.


Cortina d’Ampezzo

Posted in Uncategorized on July 22, 2016 by telescoper

So here I am, then, in a small hotel just outside Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites North of Venice.


The occasion for this trip is provided by the recent 60th birthday of John Peacock and an informal workshop organised by some friends. I was up at crazy o’clock this morning to get the plane to Venice and we’ve been dodging  thunderstorms all afternoon but I’m sure it will be a nice weekend.

Until later!

Dos and Donts for beard wearers in hot weather

Posted in Uncategorized on July 19, 2016 by telescoper


Kmflett's Blog

Beard Liberation Front

19th July

Dos and Donts for beard wearers in hot weather


With temperatures of 30C and above across much of the UK the Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has produced a guide for beard wearers covering what is prudent for the beard in hot weather and what is not.

Don’t expose the beard hairs and follicles to the sun for any longer than 5 minutes at a time. The sun can dry out hairs and follicles and cause a withering effect.
Don’t use beard oils or waxes. In hot weather they may drip and may cause the beard to become sticky with beard hairs tangled*
Don’t shave off the beard unless absolutely unavoidable, for example you are already working in a very hot environment

Do cool the beard by placing it from time to time in a freezer compartment for a…

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Return Journeys

Posted in Uncategorized on July 16, 2016 by telescoper

So here I am, then. Sitting in my hotel room in Ghent after breakfast. About to pack my belongings and start the journey back to England. The Ghent Festival didn’t interrupt my sleep too much. Although there were people around until the early hours of the morning the noise wasn’t enough to keep me awake.

It’s been a nice meeting, not least because they gave me a gift pack for doing my invited talk:



I’m not sure what all the stuff is, but there’s definitely a bottle of a beer called Delirium Tremens which sounds promising and some chocolate which I’ll give to a good home. I don’t like chocolate. I will have to lug this back home on the train, but I’m sure I’ll cope.

So I’ll shortly be heading off to the railway station for the train to Brussels, whence to London and then Cardiff. Then I’m back in Brighton for most of next week, especially the Summer Graduation ceremony – my last official duty as Head of School.

It just remains to thank the organizers for inviting me to this meeting. It seems next year’s MaxEnt will be in Brazil!


The UK after the Referendum: All That Is Solid Melts Into Air…..

Posted in Uncategorized on July 8, 2016 by telescoper

This piece makes some important comments.

Colin Talbot

The EU referendum result came as a shock to just about everyone, including the leaders of the “Leave” campaign (and me).

The aftershocks of this earthquake in British politics are still being felt.

Three of the central antagonists – the Prime Minister David Cameron, the leader of “Leave” Boris Johnson and leader of UKIP Nigel Farage – have all ‘resigned’. The leader of the Opposition is clinging onto office by his fingernails.

These individual dramas and excitements are, however, mere sideshows.

The real tragedy is the way the British constitution has been turned on its head.

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Professor Anotida Madzvamuse

Posted in Uncategorized on July 5, 2016 by telescoper


Just a quick post to mark a nice bit of news from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Sussex. It was announced last week that Anotida Madzvamuse (pictured above) has been promoted to the position of Professor in Mathematical and Computational Biology.

Anotida’s research  lies at the interface between fundamental disciplines (mathematics, numerical analysis, physics, scientific computing) and experimental sciences (developmental biology, biochemistry, cell biology, biomedicine, plant biology) and seeks to propose, develop, analyse and simulate new mathematical and computational approaches applied to experimental sciences.

Congratulations to Anotida Professor Madzvamuse, and here’s to a future no doubt filled with even more great research achievements!


Referendum pie

Posted in Uncategorized on July 5, 2016 by telescoper

Via distinguished mathematician Peter Cameron (no relation)…

Peter Cameron's Blog

This is by Mike Grannell, and is published here with his permission. Enjoy!

It was 2025 when the trouble really began. There had been some muttering prior to this, but in July 2025, Microsoft introduced Windows 25. Every time users of Office-Infinity entered the consecutive characters pi, the system automatically started to produce the decimal digits of ? to unlimited accuracy. Previous versions had a similar bug, but this could be turned off with a simple expletive to the voice-recognition system. Windows 25 was different ? it had a mind of its own and would shout back in highly offensive terms.

At this point, demand began to grow for a referendum on the true value of ?. Older people seemed to prefer 22/7, but there were vigorous arguments in support of alternative values. The Sun newspaper was strongly in favour of taking the value to be 3 on grounds of…

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