Helen Wilson is a professor of applied mathematics at UCL. She works on complex fluids – everything from toothpaste to molten plastic, and even wrote a paper on the fluid dynamics of the chocolate fountain. In her story, Helen remembers how she used to serenade her parents from the back seat of the car… Are we there yet?
Continue reading Helen Wilson – Melody 9509 Recorder (Hohner, 1857 – Present)
Jon Butterworth is a physics professor at University College London. He is a member of the UCL High Energy Physics group and works on the Atlas experiment at Cern’s Large Hadron Collider. In his story, Jon talks about his materialistic and violent past.
Continue reading Jon Butterworth – Die-Cast Cars (Matchbox, 1953 – Present)
Dallas is one of the most versatile and well travelled factual presenters working in the industry. He has filmed in some of the most extraordinary & challenging locations all over the world. When not investigating life, the universe and everything, he enjoys cooking, scuba diving, free diving an is an accomplished amateur magician. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of space suits, the periodic table, Alan Partridge, and the films of Werner Herzog. Although most of his spare time is spent cleaning up after his two children. In his story, Dallas takes us back to a time more watercolour than HD.
Continue reading Dallas Campbell – Chutes Away (Gabriel Toys, 1977)
Roger Highfield was born in Wales, raised in north London and became the first person to bounce a neutron off a soap bubble. He was the Science Editor of The Daily Telegraph for two decades and the Editor of New Scientist between 2008 and 2011. Today, he is the Director of External Affairs at the Science Museum Group. In his story, Roger discusses a rather unusual type of childhood ‘toy’.
Continue reading Roger Highfield – Butterflies & Moths
Dr Mark Lewney, the Rock Doctor, winner of the first ever FameLab® competition and guitar physicist blows your ears with rock guitar and blows your mind by Superstring Theory. Mark delivers amazing physics, science and maths shows, talks and presentations for schools and colleges. In his story, Mark reveals the wonder of stepping from a sunny medieval street into a glowing, beeping future.
Continue reading Dr. Mark Lewney – 3D Tank Attack (TomyTronic, 1982)
David Bradley has been writing about sciencey stuff for a quarter of a century and is the author of ‘Deceived Wisdom‘, a book about how everything you know is wrong. In this guest post, David tells us about his fascination with the Rubik’s Cube and demonstrates his uncanny toy juggling ability.
Continue reading David Bradley – Rubik’s Cube (Ideal, 1980)