This is like so random…

July 27th, 2014 by ajb

Below are random walks on the plane (not a lattice) for which step size gets (on average) smaller and smaller with each step. I pick the step size using the Maxwell-Boltzman distribution (with a =1) and a suitable scaling which depends on the iteration parameter. I the add a opacity depending on how many times the points are visited: bright white means a lot, while grey means not many and black never.

I may play with these further, but they make some interesting pattens. We have approximate self-similarity and so these patterns have fractal-like properties. Anyway, enjoy….





These images were created for artistic rather than scientific reasons. That said, random walks are have been applied to many fields including ecology, economics, psychology, computer science, physics, chemistry, and biology.

Probably the most famous application of a random walk is to Brownian motion, which describes the trajectory of a tiny particle diffusing in a fluid. I have no idea if there is anything scientific in these images, but I would not be surprised if for small step sizes we have approximately Brownian motion. However, I would need to think a lot more about this before making concrete statements.

Even more fun with IFS

July 4th, 2014 by ajb


Another IFS that my wife and I created. Not sure what to call this one!

A fractal fern

June 30th, 2014 by ajb


The above is an IFS fractal that resembles a fern. Maybe not as good as Barnsley’s fern , but mine was generated using two affine transformations and not the four as used by Barnsley. It is a nice image and I am happy with it.

America has Roswell, Great Britan has Rendlesham Forst, Poland has Emilcin

June 28th, 2014 by ajb

On the 10th of May 1978 Jan Wolski, a local farmer, reportedly hand a close encounter of the Polish kind.

The claim is that Pan Wolski, who was 71 at the time, while out driving his horse-drawn cart near the small village of Emilcin, Poland was jumped on by two aliens. The description of these aliens is similar to the well-known grey alien, but a little greener.

They took him to their craft which is depicted below;


Once on board he was de-robed and thoroughly probed!

The story at the time did not course much of a stir. The only other witness was a six year-old boy and of course Polish farmers like vodka!

To commemorate the strange events of that day, in 2005 a memorial was constructed in Emilcin. The plaque reads “On 10 May 1978 in Emilcin a UFO object landed. The truth will astonish us in the future”.

ufo statue

I tried to convince my wife that we should see this monument, I think it is cool and a bit wacky!

You can find out more about the Polish abduction by following the link below.

Emilcin Abduction Wikipedia

Turing’s Birthday

June 23rd, 2014 by ajb
Turing Everybody reading this post should be aware that today is Alan Turning’s birthday. He was born on the 23th June 1912.

I say everyone reading this should be aware of this fact as Turing is considered the farther of theoretical computer science.

Memorial at Manchester
Turing was involved in the development of the Manchester computers, which were the first series of stored-program electronic computers. They were developed during the 30-year period between 1947 and 1977 by a small team at the University of Manchester.

Near the Sackville street buildings of the University of Manchester there is a memorial. The plaque reads as follows;


I won’t say much about the way he was treated, different times and so different ways of thinking. You can find out more via the link below.

Alan Turing: the enigma

On to infinity: a peice of art

June 21st, 2014 by ajb


This is another piece of mathematical art my wife and I created. I call it “On to infinity”.

Newton to appear at a pub in Cardiff!

June 20th, 2014 by ajb
Newton As part of this year’s Cardiff Science Festival the Institute of Physics has organised for Prof. Mike Edmunds to perform his one man play about Sir Isaac Newton at Porter’s Bar in Cardiff on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 from 18:30 to 20:00.

This event is completely FREE, but spaces are limited. Please follow the link below for more details.

Sir Isaac remembers…

Take care with units!

June 14th, 2014 by ajb
maths One of the common problems that A-level physics students have is being slack with units and powers of 10. Often they neglect to include units in their final answers or are out by factors of 10, sometimes many factors of 10.

The BBC News Magazine has collected 10 such instances in the real word and not just in the homework of physics students.

The key message here must be take care with units and exponents!

Paying £300,000 instead of £3,000, and other mix-ups BBC News Magazine.

Back to school for me

June 14th, 2014 by ajb
classroom At the end of this month I will be attending a summer school “Introduction to the geometry of jet spaces and nonlinear differential equations” in Wisła, Beskid Mountains, Poland. The school is being organised by the Baltic Institute of Mathematics.

The summer school will consist of lectures by Joseph Krasil’shchik and Alexander Verbovetsky​, both of whom are world leading experts in the theory and application of jets to differential equations.

The period of the summer school is the 29th of June till the 6th of July.

Introduction to the geometry of jet spaces and nonlinear differential equations

Cardiff Science Festival 2014

June 12th, 2014 by ajb
flag of wales Cardiff Science Festival 2014 is nearly here and will from run from the 14th to the 20th July at various locations across Cardiff.

Events include hands on workshops, live demonstrations, talks, discussion forums, performances, lectures, debates, exhibitions, guided tours and panel discussions.

To find out more details follow the link below.

Cardiff Science Festival