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Blanco on Simpson and Publishing

Mónica Blanco has a nice article in the current issue of Historia Mathematica on Thomas Simpson and mathematical publishing in mid-18th-century London.

Thomas Simpson (1710—1761), now mostly remembered for… 238 more words


What use are PhD’s? What future do they have?

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Where will a biology PhD take you? Probably not academia: <8% of new PhDs will get tenure.

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Funding and Opportunities from the Royal Society

Please see details of the latest funding information from the Royal Society, you can sign up to the Royal Society Scientists newsletter (as well as others) … 157 more words

Funding Opportunities

Spiders, sowbugs and sundew statistics

Statisticians often like to think that non-statisticians don’t know what exactly it is that we do. The truth is of course that not only do they not know, they do not particularly care! 412 more words


Female scientists underrepresented at senior roles in the UK

A new report has put figures to the already known problem of the “leaky pipeline” in the British science. Although female and male scientists are almost equals in the overall scientific workforce, women are highly underrepresented at the most senior roles. 264 more words


Return to St Helena

We last saw Halley encountering a storm as he sailed from Tristan da Cunha towards the Cape of Good Hope. A few days later he found the storm had blown him northwards of the Cape, and as his water supplies were low and he didn’t want to delay his voyage by heading back south, he decided to sail on to St Helena, arriving in Jamestown harbour on 12 March 1700. 1,116 more words

Edmond Halley

Royal Society Talk online and available

An update to say that the Royal Society talk is now available on the Royal Society website: in audio and with some of the slides that we showed. 47 more words

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