August 5th, 2014 by ajb
As you can imagine as a mathematician, the bigger and harder the equations the happier I am. Not really, we look for pattens and elegance rather than just difficult equations, though of course difficult equations can be elegant and contain a lot of interesting structure.
Anyway, scientists now have an equation for happiness and here it is
Taken from .
Now we just need to apply some calculus to find the maxima (local or global I’m not fussy) and find out just how happy a mathematician can be!
 Robb B. Rutledge, Nikolina Skandali, Peter Dayan, and Raymond J. Dolan, A computational and neural model of momentary subjective well-being, PNAS 2014 : 1407535111v1-201407535.
Equation ‘can predict momentary happiness’ BBC News
August 3rd, 2014 by ajb
I have again been playing with some random walks, using the same method as here. This time I used 1000000 iterations and added some colour.
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.
Once again, these images are rather for artistic purposes than scientific purposes.
July 30th, 2014 by ajb
Dalek-like robots are being employed to clean the wards of a North Wales hospital.
Robomen being lead by a Dalek. Image by the BBC.
One of my friends (who shall remain nameless) was worried about robots taking over the world. His nightmares will only get worse!
A member of the cleaning staff at Glan Clwyd hospital in Bodelwyddan. Image by the BBC.
Robot cleaners used cut hospital infection in north Wales
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.
July 4th, 2014 by ajb
Another IFS that my wife and I created. Not sure what to call this one!
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.
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”.
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
June 23rd, 2014 by ajb
||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
June 21st, 2014 by ajb
This is another piece of mathematical art my wife and I created. I call it “On to infinity”.
June 20th, 2014 by ajb
||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…