Monthly Archives: May 2012

Marking Season

I have an uncle who was once a flight engineer on long haul flights and he described flying as long periods of extreme boredom interrupted by occasional episodes of sheer terror. Marking lab reports is a bit like that, except … Continue reading

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Are we now part of the problem?

I have that terrible feeling (after more than 20 years) that my whole approach to teaching is fundamentally misguided. Like many people, my response to the transformation of third level into a form of mass education (and the inevitable decline … Continue reading

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Doing science

I’ve been a minor author on a few papers recently. They’re good papers (I think) and I’m glad to be associated with them. In one of them, we solved a problem that I’d always wanted to solve but my own … Continue reading

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