A Round Number

Today I am forty. It reads as a significant number but only because it’s got a zero in the base we are used to thinking in. I may as well be if we counted in hexadecimal, or in octal or even binary (though those last two are also round—how about Continue reading

A Docade?

Subtitle: How the IOP made me feel old! The IOP AGM is coming up soon. As part of the announcement the usual sort of bumph is mailed out, including a list of candidates for various positions. Among those names, standing for “Vice-President, Science & Innovation”, one is quite familiar. Sarah Continue reading