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Interview with Brian Wecht

Brian Wecht is a theoretical physicist with a degree in jazz composition, as well as one half of the comedy duo Ninja Sex Party. This is a shortened version of a much longer interview, in which he talks about students recognizing him from YouTube, combining an academic day job with…

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Interview with Philip Howie

Phil Howie is involved in several Cambridge orchestras, but during the day he’s a materials scientist who just finished his PhD. This is a fragment of a conversation we had, in which he talks about the various instruments he plays, and how he combines music and science in his life.

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Interview with Michelle Oyen

Michelle Oyen is a lecturer in bioengineering at Cambridge University. You may have come across her name earlier this year, when this video about her lab’s Lego robots was doing the rounds, or in the subsequent Wired article. She’s also a musician (from a very musical family), and almost did…

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Interview with Boyan Bonev

I met Boyan at a biology workshop in September. As part of the workshop, all thirty participants had to introduce themselves using two slides. The first slide had to be about your work, and the second had to include some interesting non-science-related fact about you. Strangely, only two of the…

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The Sci Foo Files 2010 – Part 2: Stephon Alexander

When I hosted the scientists/musicians session at Sci Foo 2010, I had left a recorder running. Unfortunately, it ran out of batteries halfway through, and after recovering the files, I noticed it was missing a large chunk of Stephon Alexander’s fabulous talk about a three dimensional circle of fifths. (No,…

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Interview with me

Remember the interview with Princess Ojiaku? She has also been interviewing scientist-musicians, and she interviewed me as well. We did the interview about a year ago, but it’s now up on her site.

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The SciFoo Files 2010 – Part 1: Hari Manoharan

Oh dear, has it really been a year? In the summer of 2010 I was at Sci Foo camp – a gathering for scientists, writers, computer geeks, artists, and likeminded folk. Somehow, an entire year has passed since then, and Sci Foo 2011 is currently underway, but I never got…

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Interview with Baba Brinkman

After talking to several musicians who had a formal background in science, I thought it was time to interview someone who ended up in science communication by way of music. Listen to find out how Baba Brinkman “evolved” from medieval literature scholar to evolution rapper: Baba is currently currently working…

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Interview with Helen Arney

Helen Arney is a comedian who sings hilarious songs about dates gone wrong, unfortunate romantic gestures, biology, ostheopaths, and statistics… We talked about her background in science, about giving audiences something to think about, and the scientific experimental aspect of comedy. And two songs – one slightly geekier than the…

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Interview with Martin Archer

By day, Martin Archer is a PhD student in space plasma physics. By night, he entertains Londoners as a DJ for the radio station Kiss 100. Those may sound like two entirely unrelated pursuits, but Martin is now combining both careers in an upcoming project called DJ Physics, in collaboration…