December 1, 2013

The Turing machine

Advent Computing: The Turing machine

If we’re going to have a series of posts about computer science, it’s probably helpful to define what a “computer” is. So let’s do that. The standard academic definition of a computer is what’s called a “Turing machine”. It goes a little bit like this:...

Advent Biology: A summer of Bats

A late entry from me, and very much self indulgent…so Ecology, then. My absolute favourite part of ecological studies is the fieldwork- I’m happy to be out in all weathers, in any gear, with scientific equipment ranging from GPS trackers to a bamboo pole and...

Advent Chemistry: Getting Started

So here we are, day one, and first things should come first. Let’s talk about measurement. Measuring out your reactants is fairly vital to doing chemistry. You can’t get very far if you don’t know what you’ve got and how much of it. So you...

Advent Oil & Gas: Power and energy basics

It’s generally known that oil and gas are pretty big industries but it’s important to quantify exactly how big.  As this is the first article of Advent I’ll take the opportunity to run through some common units, and use them to get to grips with...