I presented yesterday to the fire group at Edinburgh about my PhD research. This was part of a series of presentations academics in the group are giving about their PhDs. It was also pretty much my last contribution at Edinburgh before I join Manchester University after Christmas. My slides are available here.
How long can a beam be loaded only by its self-weight? I ran a competition to find the answer to this internally at the University of Edinburgh a couple of years go and it produced some interesting entries so I thought I would run it again but open to all this time. Full details are given in the Christmas Competition poster. There is a prize of a bottle of whisky.
“A shape that is the set of all points on a plane equidistant from a given point (the centre).”
This effectively describes a circle as a shape having a constant radius. It is tempting to assume that a shape with constant diameter is therefore also a circle but this is not necessarily true. Continue reading