Monthly Archives: April 2011

Rollercoasters 1: Horizontal G-force, curves and banking

I’m a big fan of the game RollerCoaster Tycoon, so when I went to Thorpe Park recently and my friends were talking about writing stuff on the physics of them (yes, we’re geeks like that) I decided to give it

Rollercoasters 1: Horizontal G-force, curves and banking

I’m a big fan of the game RollerCoaster Tycoon, so when I went to Thorpe Park recently and my friends were talking about writing stuff on the physics of them (yes, we’re geeks like that) I decided to give it

Exoplanets

An exoplanet is a planet that orbits a star in another solar system – in other words, it has a different sun to us. Exoplanets are a growing, and pretty exciting field of astrophysics. Scientists are looking to find as

Exoplanets

An exoplanet is a planet that orbits a star in another solar system – in other words, it has a different sun to us. Exoplanets are a growing, and pretty exciting field of astrophysics. Scientists are looking to find as

The physics of hula-hooping

I’ve recently started taking a beginners’ hula-hooping course. I was probably as sceptical about it as you are – but actually, it’s turned out to be really fun, and fantastically good exercise. It occurred to me the other day, though,

The physics of hula-hooping

I’ve recently started taking a beginners’ hula-hooping course. I was probably as sceptical about it as you are – but actually, it’s turned out to be really fun, and fantastically good exercise. It occurred to me the other day, though,

What’s so interesting about science?

This is a science-based blog, mainly themed around Physics (which just means that Physics is the part of science I like best and can write most about). You might be reading this as a scientist; as someone interested in science;

What’s so interesting about science?

This is a science-based blog, mainly themed around Physics (which just means that Physics is the part of science I like best and can write most about). You might be reading this as a scientist; as someone interested in science;

Chaos: butterflies, fractals and the double pendulum

You might think that physics is all maths, equations and graphs. And in some cases, you’d be right! But chaos theory – one of my favourite areas of physics – is one of the exceptions to the rule. Well, OK,

Chaos: butterflies, fractals and the double pendulum

You might think that physics is all maths, equations and graphs. And in some cases, you’d be right! But chaos theory – one of my favourite areas of physics – is one of the exceptions to the rule. Well, OK,

The Higgs boson

This is Particle Zoo‘s version of the mysterious Higgs boson, the particle that the Large Hadron Collider at CERN was (partly) built to find. It’s a really big deal to particle physicists – all current theory hangs on this particle.

The Higgs boson

This is Particle Zoo‘s version of the mysterious Higgs boson, the particle that the Large Hadron Collider at CERN was (partly) built to find. It’s a really big deal to particle physicists – all current theory hangs on this particle.

What do we really know about gravity?

Gravity is undeniable. We can enjoy it, thrilled by the sensation of leaving our stomachs behind as we accelerate down the steep slope of a rollercoaster; fear it, as we stand at the edge of a skyscraper so high that

What do we really know about gravity?

Gravity is undeniable. We can enjoy it, thrilled by the sensation of leaving our stomachs behind as we accelerate down the steep slope of a rollercoaster; fear it, as we stand at the edge of a skyscraper so high that