Author Archive for natalie


I’m going to hijack my own post for a minute to admit that I had reservations about doing a blog. I wish I could tell you about the quiet triumphs in my day–the professional discoveries, satisfying work, a concept mastered, new people with whom to collaborate. However, very little of that is appropriate for general […]

Industrial Action.

Wednesday, on my second trip to London I found a placard outside the Tate Britain saying that most of the galleries in the museum would be closed that day on account of “industrial action”. I guessed that meant something like demolition or cleaning, but thought that seemed rather exteme. When I went inside I asked […]

Dead Animals.

Dead animals everywhere, and I loved it! Today, enjoying the new freedom of quick trips into town on my bicycle, I visited the Cambridge Zoology Museum. The museum boasts several million specimens, 2000 of which were the first of their species to be collected for taxonomic classification. The largest specimen in the collection is a […]

Meeting Victoria & Albert in London.

Time seems to slow down around museums, and the further I wander into one the more I feel like I’m in a haze with no reference points to hours or minutes. I’m just there, now; seeing. The funny thing is, that when I step back out of the museum time speeds up again and […]

Around and Around London.

I did get around to adding photos to the novel-of-a-post I wrote about the mathematician, so have a look.
I made the first of many weekly trips to London on Monday and got a crash course in navigating this enormous city. One of the Underground lines broke down leaving me in the rain and wind huddled […]

Cambridge with a Mathematician.

I wrote a version of this in my journal on January 10 at the very beginning of our trip, and thought I’d share it:
Today was my first full day in the UK since our arrival yesterday morning in London’s Gatwick airport around 9:30 local time. Our hike though London from the airport to the King’s […]

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