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From Newton to Hawking and beyond: a short history of the Lucasian Chair

Kevin Orrman-Rossiter, University of Melbourne and Morgan Saletta, University of Melbourne On July 1 physicist Michael Cates will be the 19th person to sit in what is perhaps the most prestigious “chair” in science when he assumes the post of the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University. Although sometimes called “Newton’s chair” after its […]


Romantic science’s electric moment: the speculative physics of Ørsted, Ampère and Faraday

In 1864 James Clerk Maxwell published his essay, A dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field[1], which contained what are now known as Maxwell’s equations: the four basic equations of the electromagnetic field[2]. In doing so he bought to a satisfactory pause an intense period of experiment and theorizing on the nature of electricity and magnetism. […]


A philosopher, a physicist and a time-traveller walk into a bar

The conference “XIIIth Galifreyan conference on a cross-disciplinary approach to Time and Space” had reached an afternoon poster session and three of the participants entered a welcoming bar adjacent to the conference centre. Leibniz: “Ahhh much better, that cafe was way to noisy.  Couldn’t hear myself think, not alone hold a meaningful conversation.” Clarke:  “Very […]