Writing for the Huffington Post #TechForGood

I’ve written a short piece featuring Overleaf for the Huffington Post’s Tech for Good blog series – the opening third is included below as a taster 🙂 Enjoy!

Inspiring Tomorrow’s Researchers

Do you remember writing up your science experiments at school? Do you even remember the experiments? My school books are tucked away in the loft of my parents’ house and I’d be hard pressed to read my notes even if I did find them. Those experiments were certainly part of what inspired me to go on to do a PhD in mathematical physics and then on to work on the world’s first driverless taxi system, but I doubt anyone other than I remembers them!

Today it’s different. Today’s kids are writing up their science projects collaboratively in the cloud, and publishing them online to help inspire the next year’s pupils.

How do I know? During our research, a colleague and I built a tool for collaborative writing and publishing, called Overleaf. We originally built it for our own use in our lab, and in collaborations with our co-authors in universities around the world. Now it’s being used by nearly half a million researchers, students, and school kids in over 180 countries worldwide.

There’s one particularly inspiring story I’d like to tell – it’s the story of the Nano Ninjas, who won an award for the engineering notebook they created and published on Overleaf.

Intrigued? Read the rest of the story here!

 

 

Wow…I’m one of The Bookseller’s 39 ‘Rising Stars of 2015’!

Well this certainly made for a ‘good news Friday’ when it was published last week!

Like Hannah Love (who originally shared this photo), I feel especially proud to see my name in this list, surrounded by so many who are working on very exciting new ideas in the industry.

The Booksellers List of Rising Stars 2015. Photo Credit: Hannah Love.

The Booksellers List of Rising Stars 2015. Photo Credit: Hannah Love.

Click the photo (or see this post) for more info on The Bookseller’s Rising Stars 2015, and why I’m on their list! To read more about all those listed above, see the original announcement on The Bookseller website.

Congratulations all round — here’s to a great 2015 and beyond!

Does !TeX => bad maths?

Whilst browsing the writeLaTeX twitter feed the other day, I came across an interesting observation that the absence of TeX is a good indicator that a math paper has issues, highlighted by John Cook (@TeXtip) in this tweet:

In the original blog post on this (entitled ‘Ten Signs a Claimed Mathematical Breakthrough is Wrong’), this is only one of a number of points made, although it is the first, and is accompanied by the interesting statistic that:

“This simple test (suggested by Dave Bacon) already catches at least 60% of wrong mathematical breakthroughs.”

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