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Churchill College, Cambridge, UK

Graham will be giving a talk ‘John Cockcroft – the quiet visionary’ as part of an afternoon of reflections and celebrations of life of Sir John at Churchill College, Cambridge.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Graham will be talking at the event celebrating the achievement of the recently-retired former director of the Niels Bohr Archive, Finn Aaserud

‘Ten Commandments’ of Communicating Physics

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Imperial College physicist Jess Wade has done of a brilliant job of graphically rendering Graham’s Ten Commandments, which he presented yesterday at the Institute of Physics’ headquarters in London.

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London, UK

Graham will be the keynote speaker and guest judge at the London final of the Institute of Physics’s Early Career Physics Communicator Award.

Newcastle, UK

Graham will be talking onstage with Peter Higgs about the Nobel laureate’s life, the development of the Standard Model and his thoughts on the future of fundamental physics. More information.

Remembering Harry Kroto

The chemist Harry Kroto, co-discoverer of buckminsterfullerene, died in East Sussex on 30 April and his funeral took place on 19 May. Graham knew Harry well, and remembers fondly a fine chemist, an inspirational communicator, and a good friend.

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Portrait of Harry on the cover of the funeral proceedings

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At the Perimeter

p>Graham spent the past week at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada, as a guest of its Director Neil Turok, talking with several of its leading theoreticians. This was part of Graham’s research for his forthcoming book on the relationship between mathematics and fundamental physics, which Einstein called ‘miraculous’. For Paul Dirac, theoreticians who work on fundamental physics should regard mathematical beauty as their lodestar.

 
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Why trust a theory?

In Munich last week, physicists, philosophers, historians and others gathered to debate the question Why Trust a Theory?
 

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Genius player

On Wednesday, Graham realised a long-held ambition to meet John Conway, one of the most innovative mathematicians of the past few decades.

 

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John Conway – drawn by Simon J. Fraser (1973)

 

Inventor of ‘The Game of Life’, surreal numbers and ideas that have found applications in theoretical physics, Conway is a unique figure. Now emeritus professor at Princeton University, he is currently visiting the UK, and has given a special lecture at Cambridge. Graham arranged for him to give an interview in London with The Guardian’s Ian Sample, available as a podcast.

 
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Neurotribesman

Graham this week realised a long-held ambition of meeting one of the few heroes of social media, Steve Silberman, once described by Graham as the ‘Roger Federer of Tweeting’. Long a prominent journalist, @stevesilberman is an authentic star of Twitter and has recently published NeuroTribes, his new perspective on autism, currently riding high in the New York Times best-sellers list. Recently, the book was long-listed for this year’s Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction.

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Steve Silberman (RHS) with Graham in London