"Everyone wants them kept" said the recently retired professor of history at Oxford, when discussing the collection of New Scientists from the 1950s which I have acquired "but preferably in someone else's attic".
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
I've been swotting up for my History of science exam next week, which means I haven't been doing anything blog-worthy. Oh I suppose I could tell you about the Freiburg Mining Academy, but really, you don't want to know.
However you might be more interested in a program about the history of maths starting next Monday (6th October) at 9pm on BBC4.
memo to self: set the video
As a break from studying, I have been making steady progress on the Loden Jacket. However it doesn't change much, just gets longer. This photo was taken at the University of Birmingham, where I went on Saturday for a meeting organised by the BSHM. I wanted to take a photo of it with the University's red brick buildings behind, but then I would have had to explain what I was doing to other BSHM members. And I couldn't quite bring myself to do that...
Posted by Penny at 7:09 pm
Thursday, September 18, 2008
said the sign in the shop window. "No Ferret's not", I wanted to say "she's in Scotland". Then I read the rest of the sign "three ferrets escaped from their cage".
Another thing that is missing is my camera. On my camera are the pictures I need for my next planned blog post. That's all right, I thought, I'll just take a photo of...
By the way, Joao de Castro has discovered strange fluctuations in compass readings off the coast of Bombay. In other words I am revising for my exam in the History of Science. I may be some time.
Posted by Penny at 3:03 pm
Monday, September 08, 2008
My aim was to buy more patterns then stuff to make patterns with, and I think I succeeded.
First the books:
I've been looking out for the Mason-Dixie book for a while, and hadn't seen it. From a casual glance it looks as good as I was hoping.
The gingerbread book has ginger recipes, including beef and orange stirfry.
Helene signed the Icelandic book - the charts are really intriging, although the patterns themselves might best be described as terse. But its the history side is fascinating.
Then the wool: a kit from Heathland Hebridean to make a bag using wool from rare breed sheep.
Two balls of sock yarn:
Correction, two tiny balls of sock yarn, 4 buttons shaped like rulers and a collection of badges.
Posted by Penny at 10:22 pm
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Yesterday - I Knit Day - seemed to fly past.
I did some knitting in the charity knitting area.
I joined a very wet queue to enter the other hall for Stephanie's talk - we were standing outside in a downpour.
Stephanie's talk was very funny, and the audience was very enthusiastic - for a British audience. We even laughed out loud.
The audience knitted.
Then, it was back to the main hall, where I heard Helene Magnusson talk about Icelandic 'rose' patterns. She is a French lawyer who moved there and came across knitted slipper inserts. She has now written a book about them - and I have a signed copy.
I didn't queue up to see Yarn Harlot, because the conversation would go something like "I sometimes read your blog. It's quite amusing".
My purchases were fairly scant, and may be shown in the next post. Just as a hint - cute balls of sock yarn.
Posted by Penny at 8:29 pm
Friday, September 05, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
I have an essay which is 1996 words long, excluding the footnotes and essay question. I've used the word 'good' twice. There is a 94 word paragraph that is pretty neat, if I say so myself. The rest of it - well, I've got 24 hours, must be able to do something with that.
The good paragraph is about Euler. He went to St Petersburg (Russia) because Peter the Great wanted an academy full of German-style scientists. He was recruited to the Berlin Academy, but unfortunately Frederick II wanted an academy full of French-style academics. Easiest thing would have been for Frederick II of Prussia to have changed jobs, and become King of France. Peter the Great could have left his job as Tsar of Russia and become Emperor of Prussia. That would have left a vacency in Russia, but that job could have been offered to Louis, King of France.
(Actually Peter was dead by then, but that would spoil a good story. And I don't know who the King of France was without checking, but Louis is a good bet, they had 16 of them.)
Posted by Penny at 10:27 pm