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. 

  • 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
  • Amazing gravito-electromagnetism!

    Exploring where maths analogies shed light on reality.

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

    September 4, 2019
  • 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: the queen of science

    Self-taught Mary Fairfax Somerville astounded the academic world with her insights into astrophys...

    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

    Two of history’s greatest physicists argued for decades over one of the deepest mysteries of quan...

    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 that current physics can’t answer: What is dark energy, the mysterio...

    June 30, 2017
  • Bose–Einstein condensates simulate transformation of elusive magnetic monopoles

    For the first time physicists have experimentally simulated a long-predicted relationship between...

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

    May 22, 2017
  • Physicists sketch plans for a matter-wave tractor beam

    Tiny tractor beams made from quantum-mechanical matter waves could make vital tools for nanotechn...

    UFO-style tractor beams may not be in the cards, but matter waves could provide an unprecedented ability to manipulat...

    May 15, 2017
  • Leaving luck out of the equation

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

    August 5, 2016
  • Celebrating James Maxwell, the father of light

    Robyn Arianrhod pays homage to James Clerk Maxwell, perhaps the most important physicist after Ei...

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

    December 10, 2015
  • Emilie du Chatelet: the woman science forgot

    Émilie du Châtelet was a gifted mathematician and Voltaire’s mistress. Together they spearheaded ...

    A portrait of Emilie du Chatelet attributed to Maurice-Quentin de La Tour. – DeAgostini / Getty Images A sp...

    October 5, 2015

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