Following The Fellows

Being a scientist was never enough for me. It’s easy to agree that not every day in the lab is a celebration of beauty; not every conference talk is a poetic masterpiece; nor every idea the product of flashes of inspiration. While it would be ridiculous to expect it to be, are they mutually exclusive?

When you listen to the language of scientists, they talk of elegant solutions, symmetry, and beauty alongside efficiency, feasibility and accuracy. At their cores, both the artistic and scientific processes share common rules. Constant progress, original goals; the ability to recognise something where others see raw materials; the vision to retain a focussed narrative; to use skill sand equipment with mastery to achieve an output. Continue reading “Following The Fellows”

Busy in Development [Costs]

If the latter half of my year has been a bit quiet, it is mostly because I’ve been dedicating a fair bit of time to things that on the surface don’t exactly seem very ‘science’. Ok, so my garden is no longer covered in the kind of tarmac you need to mow, but that’s not all.

During January, I’ll be (partly) following the footsteps of the Vietnam special from 2008’s Top Gear (other motoring shows are available). There are a few differences; we’re not following the same route, will be taking a lot more than 8 days to do it and so we won’t need to cheat either. It has been quite the challenge to prepare for this adventure. I have a 35 litre backpack which I’m trying to keep to ten kilos. Ordinarily, this isn’t a challenge but I’m taking tools and a fair amount of camera equipment. Rather than just have a road trip movie, I want to bring in a little science theme as we travel from South to North of the country. Continue reading “Busy in Development [Costs]”