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Faux So
Jun 27, 2023

1 min read
So…, “so” used as here needs to die. It adds nothing by its use but an air of aloof fauxintellectualism. It is not continuing a flow of thought. It is not communicating emphasis. It is superfluous and annoying. It is a faux so. It attempts to cast the hearer as a dumb dog eagerly awaiting the ball to leave the trainer’s hand at the time only of his knowing and choosing.

The Future of Cybersecurity Consulting
Jun 24, 2023

5 min read
I don’t know what the future of cybersecurity consulting will be, but I have some thoughts. Back in the late 1900s, cybersecurity wasn’t really a thing. To the extent that it was, it was owned by a very small group who were both techy and a little naughty in the νοῦς, as they say. A typical cybersecurity engagement involved rocking up to a customer, him giving you a cable, and you going at it for love and money, getting pwns every which way before lunch.

What Will AI Not Consume? Strategically Placing Oneself For the New Era.
Jun 23, 2023

3 min read
AI is not just a buzzword. To be sure, as to the words, it is nonsense: there is no intelligence, but mere pattern matching and extrapolation. Well, call that intelligence if you will; I won’t. But the effects of AI cannot be downplayed and should not be ignored by anyone in a technical discipline not wanting to be left behind. If you work in any of these industries, I believe it’s very possible that AI is coming to eat your lunch:

Anatomy of a Particle Physics Experiment
Feb 19, 2014

9 min read
Recently I returned from a particle physics experiment at the Paul Scherrer Institut, a nuclear research lab in Switzerland. I was one of ten students from the University of Heidelberg and ETH, Zürich who had two weeks of (nearly) free reign to carry out an experiment on the PSI’s proton beam line. To put into perspective how crazy that is, ordinarily the going rate for such a privilege is €10,000s per day!
Our goal was to measure a mysterious number called the “Panofsky ratio”. The ratio is named after Wolfgang Panofsky, first to attempt to measure it, and corresponds is the relative likelihood of two events involving particles called protons and pions occurring. It is important, because historically its value strongly contradicted the expectation of theoretical physicists.

Solving the Schrödinger Equation with Numerov's Algorithm
Jul 10, 2013

3 min read
The Schrödinger equation describes the energy and timeevolution of a particle or system of particles, and is one of the fundamental building blocks of modern physics. In it’s general form, the (timeindependent) Schrödinger equation for a onedimensional harmonic oscillator reads thus:^{1}
\begin{equation} \label{eq:sch} \frac{\hbar^2}{2m} \frac{\partial^2}{\partial z^2}\psi(z) + \frac{mz^2}{2} \psi(z) = E\psi(z) \end{equation}
There are relatively few situations in which the Schrödinger equation can be solved analytically, and numerical methods and approximations are one way around that analytical limitation. To demonstrate how this is possible and how a numerical solution works, what better way than to solve a system which can be solved analytically and comparing the results.

Fourth Order Runge Kutta Algorithm in Javascript With Demo
May 2, 2013

3 min read
The general RungeKutta algorithm is one of a few algorithms for solving first order ordinary differential equations. Below is a specific implementation for solving equations of motion and other second order ordinary differential equations (ODEs) for Physics simulations, amongst other things.

Physics Bungee Rope Cursor Trailer
Apr 13, 2013

1 min read
I’m getting ready for starting a course in computational physics, and so, ignoring the fact I’m meant to be revising for an exam this Monday, I thought I’d prepare for the more exciting of the two. I’ve always wanted to code this little physics model ever since I saw it on one of those JavaScript snippet websites back when dialup was fast and people downloaded mp3s one at a time. Those were the days.

Physics Problems and Related Stuff
Dec 2, 2012

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Just a quick one here. It’s pushing a month since I last checked in, and not for want of desire. I’ve not been entirely negligent though: I’ve been busy putting together a few typed up solutions to both foundational and pretty challenging/rare problems in statistical physics. My motivation is twofold: a) to get extremely familiar with the material, what with exams just around the corner and b) for a few of the problems, the solutions are nearly impossible to do or to find help online for if you can’t do them.