Notions and nerdgasms

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A week ago, I’d never been to a science festival. I’d never been A Journalist. I didn’t know anything at all about physics and I certainly couldn’t tell you what dark matter is supposed to be, or how spacetime works. I’d never seriously considered artificial intelligence as viable. I knew that mathematics is used to solve crime because I’ve seen it on Numb3rs, but it hadn’t occurred to me how useful the same algorithms are for analysing the social network of the world. I knew a fair bit about evolutionary biology, and the concept of island biogeography, but I didn’t know how a physicist would approach them. Continue reading