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Major Win!

Since I started my PhD, I’ve been wrestling with one major problem – what I want to do as a project is well understood mathematically but not very widely understood practically. Since the major thrust of my project is both … Continue reading

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The Loneliest Integer

Since I started my PhD I’ve spent a lot of effort setting myself goals each week to make sure I actually get something done. Sadly, because this is the real world and my brain doesn’t take real world things into account, … Continue reading

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Explaining What I Do

As I keep saying, I started my PhD recently at the University of Surrey. It’s cool, I love it. Not only is the subject interesting but the community of PhD students is awesome. There’s even a Postgraduate Society here – … Continue reading

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“50% Ferrous” (A Bit of Irony)

Something about the internet makes true irony hard to appreciate, though I suppose the popular song doesn’t help either. Personally, I really appreciate a delicious bit of irony and especially so when it’s happening to me. Would you believe it, … Continue reading

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Managing Expectations

Last week I marked a whole month into my PhD research. I was surprised at how quickly it came around, and simultaneously disappointed with how far I’d come. One thing about me that can be a double-edged sword is that … Continue reading

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Of Graduates and Graduands

Not too long ago, I passed from being a graduand to graduate. What’s the difference? Well, a confirmed sense of achievement and a piece of paper telling people I know the Physics. Apart from that (and the aforementioned celebrations) not … Continue reading

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Old Beginnings

I mentioned recently that I’d just finished my MPhys at the University of Surrey. On Monday I started my PhD at the University of Surrey. I can’t help feeling that I’m repeating myself! Still, I arrived all optimistic and keen … Continue reading

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Enthusiasm Breeds Enthusiasm

Today I gave a talk at a University of Surrey Open Day about my MPhys research year and what I’ve learned from it. Several months on, I think it’s interesting to see how my thoughts on it have evolved – … Continue reading

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Fin.

It’s one thing to end a year at University, but it’s quite another to end a whole degree. To be done. Finished. The End. It’s a huge and scary concept that after four years of lectures, hangovers, late-night gaming, and … Continue reading

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“A Proper Scientist”

I’ve always been a little careful when talking about science not to put myself forward too much as “a scientist” and more as “a student”. Partially, this is because I like to have an excuse when I do things wrong. … Continue reading

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