About

Non-Professional Interests:

1. Carnivorous Plants
2. Live Rat Catching: temporarily
3. Rocks and Holes in the Ground

Favorite Books:

Non-Fiction

1. God’s Clockmaker, Richard of Wallingford and the invention of time. John North
2. The Recursive Univese, William Poundstone
3. Chaos, Gleick
4. PI in the Sky: Counting, Thinking, and Being, John D Barrow

Fiction

1. Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follet
2. Empire of the East series, Fred Saberhagen
3. Books of Swords, Fred Saberhagen
4. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C Clarke
5. Eon and Eternity, both by Greg Bear

Favorite Movies:

1. Quatermass and the Pit – both the original (1958-1959) and the 1967 version
2. Quest for Fire
3. Gladiator
4. Forbidden Planet

Favorite TV Shows:

1. Mad Men
2. Fast Show (UK comedy series)
3. Alan Partridge (UK comedy series)
4. Cranford
5. Downton Abbey (first season)

Favorite Quotes:

1. “He who cannot draw on 3000 years is living from hand to mouth” Goethe, 1800
2. “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” R Browning, 1860
3. “…for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.” Declaration of Arbroath, 1320
4. “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.” Will Durant, 1944
5. “There are three kinds of people in this world, those who can count and those who cannot”
6. “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong”, H.L Menchken

Most Interesting Periods in History

1. Dark Ages particularly 409 AD to 577 AD
2. Reemergence of learning in Northern Europe, 10th century to 13th century

Favorite YouTube Videos (Not a cat in sight)

1. The Last of the Mohicans Theme

2. How Differential Gears work

3. Great footage of power gliding and great background score

4. Fun video about evolution and intelligent design

5. Relay Computer

6. Antikithera Mechanism – in Lego

Professional Research Interests:

  • How cellular networks work
  • Non-linear dynamics
  • Control analysis
  • Software and standards development
  • Synthetic Biology

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