Matin Durrani - Science Journalist
After a long hiatus writing anything on this blog, i am now planning to get back on track blogging. That's because I've got a real motivation this time, which is to promote a new popular-science book I've written with Liz Kalaugher called "Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life".
I've just spent a few days on holiday in Paris, tootling around the sights, catching up with friends and trying out the city's great bike-hire scheme called Velib. Cycling is a great way to see the city: it's mostly flat and the side roads are fairly quiet. I don't know which visionary genius had the will to get this scheme off the ground, but full marks to whoever it was because it works brilliantly.
Typing one's first words into a new blog has a slightly momentous feel -- a bit like buying your first record I suppose -- but it oughtn't to be such a dramatic thing. After all, there are a gazillion blogs already out there. (And yes, I know, gazillion, is not a proper scientific unit.) One thing I should make clear right at the start is that this blog is my personal blog and has nothing to do with the Physics World blog that I contribute to in my day job when time permits. In fact, this blog gets right to heart of a point we have debated many times in the Physics World team, namely where does one's "work persona" end and one's "home persona" take over. Social-media tools make the distinction a rather blurry one, but I like to think that what I write on the Physics World blog is different to this blog in two main ways.