Robyn Arianrhod

Robyn Arianrhod

Robyn Arianrhod is a senior adjunct research fellow at the School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash University. Her research fields are general relativity and the history of mathematical science.

Robyn Arianrhod is a senior adjunct research fellow at the School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash University. Her research fields are general relativity and the history of mathematical science. 

  • Amazing gravito-electromagnetism!

    How can mathematics analogies shed light on reality?

    In some ways, mathematics is like literature. It has its own definitions and grammatical rules – although unfortunat...

    August 30, 2021
  • Even computers can’t get pi exactly right

    But we’ll celebrate it on International Day of Maths.

    You’ve probably heard of “pi day”, informally celebrated in several countries on March 14. That’s because writing thi...

    March 13, 2020
  • Power and pitfalls of symbolic equations

    Tracing the history of all those x’s and y’s.

    Some people have bad memories of high school algebra, with all those x’s and y’s that seem to come from nowhere, as i...

    January 27, 2020
  • 100 years ago today, the sun made Einstein a star

    Finding the evidence to confirm the Theory of General Relativity.

    Today – May 29, 2019 – is the first centenary of a legendary eclipse, and of the special scientific expedition design...

    May 28, 2019
  • Celebrating Mary Somerville

    Astounding the world with her insights into astrophysics.

    When the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) issues its new ten-pound note towards the end of 2017, the 19th century’s “Quee...

    December 25, 2017
  • Einstein, Bohr and the origins of entanglement

    The battle to understand ‘spooky action at a distance’.

    It all began in October 1927, at the Fifth Solvay Congress in Brussels. It was Louis de Broglie’s first congress, and...

    October 5, 2017
  • Explaining dark matter and black holes

    Tachyons could answer a lot of questions about the universe.

    Here are six big questions about our universe (dark matter and black holes) that current physics can’t answer: What ...

    June 30, 2017
  • Transformation of magnetic monopoles

    A relationship between two kinds of magnetic monopole.

    Left: The quantum monopole. Right: the Dirac monopole. The different colors represent the direction of the internal m...

    May 22, 2017
  • Plans for a matter-wave tractor beam

    Tiny tractor beams could make vital tools for nanotechnology.

    A team of physicists have outlined a means of making tractor beams to push and pull objects at a distance using “matt...

    May 15, 2017
  • Leaving luck out of the equation

    Fluke: The Maths and Myths of Coincidence.

    NON-FICTION Fluke: The Maths and Myths of Coincidence by Joseph Mazur Basic Books, NY (2016) RRP $29.99 Joseph Mazur...

    August 5, 2016
  • James Clerk Maxwell: the father of light

    The most important physicist after Einstein and Newton?

    The lonesome grave lies in a tiny crumbling stone church beside Loch Ken in southwest Scotland. You might think some ...

    December 10, 2015
  • Émilie du Châtelet: the woman science forgot

    A gifted mathematician and Voltaire’s mistress.

    A spirited debate raged in 18th century Europe about what was driving the movements of the planets. In England, Sir I...

    October 5, 2015

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