Category Archives: Internalist musings

The academic bullshit engine

Sir Humphrey: If local authorities don’t send us statistics, Government figures will be a nonsense. Hacker: Why? Sir Humphrey: They’ll be incomplete. Hacker: Government figures are a nonsense, anyway. Bernard: I think Sir Humphrey wants to ensure they’re a complete … Continue reading

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Lobby correspondences

And here it is to be noted that a prince ought to take care never to make an alliance with one more powerful than himself for the purpose of attacking others, unless necessity compels him, as is said above; because … Continue reading

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Suvat’s formulae

When I started teaching Newtonian mechanics, I was initially puzzled by the references that my students made to “Suvat’s formulae”. Like many mathematicians, I had assumed that the name of these formulae was purely an acronym; however, I was curious … Continue reading

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William Johnson of Scalloway and the earth tides

The Domina and I visited Scalloway recently. It’s a very attractive harbour town on a beautiful coastline, and the bar menu in the Scalloway Hotel is worth checking out. Geo-geek as I am, though, what caught my eye was this … Continue reading

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A geotourist at the Rock and Spindle

Back in May I was up in St Andrews for a meeting, and as the weather looked promising I took my camera and an early train and set off to spend a couple of hours touristing beforehand. My destination was … Continue reading

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Tumult at the Tech

I was back in the archives last week: this time looking, inter alia, at the early editions of the student-run Glasgow Technical College Magazine. It’s a surprisingly useful resource for the enquiry I’m vaguely pursuing, and it sheds more light … Continue reading

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Baird versus Reith at Glasgow Tech

Over the last few months I’ve become interested — the Domina would say “tediously interested” — in the old Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, apotheosised in 1912 to the Royal Technical College, Glasgow. As an institution it seems … Continue reading

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