LML welcomed 8 project students to the summer school for 4 weeks in July/August. The students came from Cameroon, China, Japan, Israel, Italy, and the UK. For project descriptions and presentations, see Summer School 2017. Next year’s summer school will be announced in early 2018.
Part of what makes LML special is the atmosphere of open discourse that has developed here. Communicating our work, we find, is inseparable from doing that work in the first place.
During the 2016 LML summer school, Max and I ended up discussing the irreproducibility crisis in science, and that led to a draft manuscript, published today on the arXiv:1706.07773, see also this earlier blog post. Over the last few years several (apparently reproducible!) studies have come out that confirm the crisis. For instance, a survey of scientists, conducted by Nature, found that 70% of respondents had at some point tried but failed to reproduce a published result.
The second Science on Screen of the third series was presented by Semir Zeki (Professor of Neuroesthetics at UCL), who chose Dir Mark Levinson’s Particle Fever. Semir described how brain scans are now beginning to reveal centres of the brain associated with the aesthetic experience of beauty. Read more
Minority Report explores a world where a technological breakthrough has allowed mankind to foresee violent crimes a few minutes before they take place. The predictions are infallible except – and here the logic must not be excessively scrutinised — a special police unit can race to the scene, intervene, and alter the course of the otherwise unalterable future. Naturally, the short forecast horizon makes for dramatic scenes.
LML External Fellow Isaac Perez has completed and submitted his joint paper titled ‘Level compressibility for the Anderson model on regular random graphs and the absence of non-ergodic extended eigenfunctions’ to Physical Review Letters. Working alongside Fernando Metz from the University of Santa Maria, Brazil, the full paper can be accessed here. Read more
The final event of Season 2 of Science on Screen saw LML Resident Fellow, Alex Adamou, present Michael Crichton’s 1973 directorial debut, Westworld. Alex argued that the genre of science fiction, by creating models of reality with adjustable parameters, is more an exploration of society and the present than of science and the future. Read more
Nicholas Moloney attended the presentation by Royal College of Art students of their work on Primary Questions. This elective (supervised by Sheena Calvert and Leah Fusco) addressed questions such as representation, creative practice and creative thinking, and was broken down into What is an image? What is Materiality? What is Colour? What is Language? Read more