tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7780182174577095197.post250861076213986944..comments2019-04-23T13:31:53.966+01:00Comments on An Awfully Big Blog Adventure: Quantum mechanics and becoming a writer : by Miriam HalahmyAlex Englishnoreply@blogger.comBlogger13125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7780182174577095197.post-54074318607372935532014-12-18T10:31:09.733+00:002014-12-18T10:31:09.733+00:00My older brother has left me an interesting commen...My older brother has left me an interesting comment about this blog. This is what he says :-<br /><br />Just read your blog, Miriam. I'm pretty certain I took that picture of you all either on my box brownie or Dad's old 35mm. <br />That circuit was a distribution box for various audio devices and used our beloved multiple wafer switches which we used to buy from army surplus shops in Soho from time to time. <br />Interestingly, the film of Turing was based on a biography written by Andrew Hodges. Andrew and I were colleagues studying for our PhDs at Oxford under the same supervisor in the 70's. We all, as mathematicians, studied Turing's (and others') mathematical logic formalism. <br />Our supervisor was Sir Roger Penrose. The subject: Relativity and, of course, Quantum mechanics ( or quantum field theory to be exact). All very symmetrical, really. <br />T xMiriam Halahmyhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/17841164190139769948noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7780182174577095197.post-70598152204183064032014-12-16T12:28:05.231+00:002014-12-16T12:28:05.231+00:00Stroppy, go for it! And now surely is the time...
...Stroppy, go for it! And now surely is the time...<br /><br />I only said fiction because I assumed that there must already be non-fiction, but maybe that was wrong...<br /><br />Emma Barneshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/02718171070716804800noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7780182174577095197.post-82860990665549229332014-12-16T12:26:44.387+00:002014-12-16T12:26:44.387+00:00This comment has been removed by the author.Emma Barneshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/02718171070716804800noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7780182174577095197.post-46222056807361441522014-12-16T07:54:32.108+00:002014-12-16T07:54:32.108+00:00Good to see something in praise of maths for once!...Good to see something in praise of maths for once! I get so frustrated by the faux-pride of people who can't/won't understand it and wear that as a badge of honour. As if we would be proud of not being able to read - it's absurd!<br /><br />Emma - I don't know of any fiction for children featuring Turing. But why would it have to be fiction? I have written an autobiography of him for children, but the publisher went bust before it came out. I keep thinking I might put it out as a ebook but I'd need to sort the licence for the illustrations so keep putting it off until I'm not busy (=dead, probably).Stroppy Authorhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/16560035800075465845noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7780182174577095197.post-80659972231035739092014-12-15T22:13:46.931+00:002014-12-15T22:13:46.931+00:00I always liked maths, though I was never as good a...I always liked maths, though I was never as good at it as I would have liked. To me algebra always seemed very like sentences. One of the many joys of having a teenager in the house, is that I'm having fun re-learning maths I'd forgotten as my daughter encounters it for the first time. We've had some great chats around the dinner table as we each race to solve a homework problem.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7780182174577095197.post-71347599887863973962014-12-15T19:04:02.802+00:002014-12-15T19:04:02.802+00:00Lovely post! I am very fond of algebra myself, and...Lovely post! I am very fond of algebra myself, and started out studying physics at university but after a while it just hurt my head too much. Was strongly reminded of that feeling watching Jim Al-khalili's documentary on quantum mechanics last week (it was very good!)C.J.Busbyhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/12288574235370421625noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7780182174577095197.post-52893328669289484082014-12-15T18:32:26.959+00:002014-12-15T18:32:26.959+00:00Hi Louis - yes, it was at the holiday camp on Hayl...Hi Louis - yes, it was at the holiday camp on Hayling I believe but have no idea where Tony was - unless he took the photo. Interesting to get your perspective too on all that Maths. Mum felt left out too. They were just on another planet I guess. But it definitely filtered down to us - and hey - look at you, LSE graduate!! xxMiriam Halahmyhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/17841164190139769948noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7780182174577095197.post-18692328151840129542014-12-15T17:21:04.254+00:002014-12-15T17:21:04.254+00:00That brought back some memories. I was also isolat...That brought back some memories. I was also isolated from all that Maths talk which is why you and I probably spent more time playing together than you me and Tony. Oddly enough I suddenly became interested in Maths at University and even spent a summer working for the Treasury as as statistician programming statistical forecasting models on ancient mainframes. Is that me with you, and Mum and Dad? LouisAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7780182174577095197.post-73582476324763650832014-12-15T17:19:52.883+00:002014-12-15T17:19:52.883+00:00What a lovely post, Miriam. Really interesting. I ...What a lovely post, Miriam. Really interesting. I haven't seen the film (yet)but intend to. I read a book about Enigma and found it fascinating. I love the pic of your dad. Lindsayhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/04631254646368974136noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7780182174577095197.post-47336480002369384602014-12-15T12:18:12.967+00:002014-12-15T12:18:12.967+00:00I love this post, Miriam. I think it's sad how...I love this post, Miriam. I think it's sad how often writers and other literary types make it a point of pride to be disinterested or ignorant of maths and science - as if there should be no point of contact between these different kinds of knowledge.<br /><br />I think Alan Turing and Bletchley Park are important things for children/young people to know about for many reasons - Alan Turing crops up in adult fiction, and this new film, but I don't know if there anything in children's fiction. Maybe you would be the person to write something?!Emma Barneshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/02718171070716804800noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7780182174577095197.post-42130969322952266052014-12-15T12:17:27.985+00:002014-12-15T12:17:27.985+00:00A house most not ordinary! I have friends who are...A house most not ordinary! I have friends who are accomplished mathematicians and it's true - you don't have to know about maths to be inspired by it! Thanks for posting -Joan Lennonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/15763862159032836768noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7780182174577095197.post-88067523835597709462014-12-15T12:16:16.643+00:002014-12-15T12:16:16.643+00:00This comment has been removed by the author.Emma Barneshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/02718171070716804800noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7780182174577095197.post-87231001208376053282014-12-15T12:16:14.448+00:002014-12-15T12:16:14.448+00:00This comment has been removed by the author.Emma Barneshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/02718171070716804800noreply@blogger.com