I teach an introductory course in big bang cosmology at Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland and I am interested the universe and its puzzles.
Robert Boyle Summer School 2014
Last weekend saw the third Robert Boyle Summer School, an annual 3-day meeting in Lismore, Co, Waterford in honour of one of Ireland’s greatest scientists. Born in Lismore into an extremely wealthy family, Boyle became one of the most important figures … Continue reading
Freeman Dyson and the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
On Monday, I attended the Statutory Lecture of the School of Theoretical Physics of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS). This is an outreach lecture presented annually by DIAS and this year the lecture took place at University College … Continue reading
Hawking, Cambridge and the infant universe
I hugely enjoyed this week’s conference ‘Cosomolgy and the Constants of Nature’ at Cambridge University. There were some truly great talks by John Barrow, John Ellis and Thanu Padmanabhan among others, not to mention Joao Magueijo describing his famous ‘variable speed of light’ theory in person. … Continue reading
Cosmology and the constants of nature at Cambridge
They say the Irish know how to party and the coincidence of yesterday’s victory in the Six Nations with a St Patrick’s weekend has brought the country to a whole new level of craziness. So it’s good to arrive in … Continue reading
Einstein’s unfinished symphony in the media
Our recent discovery of an unpublished model of the cosmos by Albert Einstein (see last post or here for a preprint of our paper) is receiving a lot of media attention, it’s very humbling. First off the mark was Davide … Continue reading
Einstein’s exploration of a steady-state model of the universe
Some research news: Last summer, in the course of our research into the Friedman-Einstein model of the cosmos (see this post or here for the article), I came across an unpublished manuscript by Einstein in which he explored a ‘steady-state’ … Continue reading
Paradigm shift or slow dawning?
I have an article in The Irish Times today concerning the view of scientific progress articulated by Thomas Kuhn. The main point I try to make is that Kuhn’s famous idea of the paradigm shift in science is much more … Continue reading