Is coming soon!! I have a lot of photos to sort out and suddenly even more things to sort in my private life, but I am working my way through both.
One thing which has taken a lot of my time it trying to arrange for some tutorials for my grandson: he is not backward, rather is too bright and bored at school and therefore not trying since he can ‘wing it’. He has asked me if he could have a tutor so I have been researching the subject. This has involved interviewing bright young male academics in our University, so no hardship there!!! I have found a Greek Ph.D. student working at the LHC and another in Electronic Engineering (which is what Theo is most interested in at the moment) and both seem very likeable and intelligent so I have been arranging trial tutorials. I am looking for someone whose own academic life can enthuse Theo and open mental doors for him as to the possibilities out there if he will get down to some of the more mundane school work. I remember myself how hard it was to concentrate on the basics when one’s mind wanted to fly onwards to subjects which were exciting but I did not have the necessary ground work in place. I have always felt that children could easily be given access to greater concepts even if they are not yet able to participate in the methodology, to give them something to aim for.
As a first year undergrad I went to some open lectures on particle physics: now I am not a physicist and do not have the mathematical skills to ever become one, but that did not stop me being quite thunder struck at the concepts and what was being discovered. The impulse of those lectures has never left me. (This image is not my copyright but comes from: http://www.kip.uni-heidelberg.de/~coulon/Lectures/SM/ where it is credited to’ Fermilab Visual Media Services’)
If only our poor teachers were given time and space (sorry, bad pun) in the curriculum to be able to spend a little time just enthusing students and describing what was happening at the coal face of research.
Right, back to my stacks of photos. Be back soon.