This page is dedicated to the curious souls amongst you. Perhaps you want to know a bit more about us, the bloggers, or perhaps you want to know how we got where we are today. You will find that here. As always, any suggestions are welcome through our contact page! Enjoy!
Hello! The Aftermatter is a physics and maths blog, and a connected twitter account. We publish interesting posts regularly, every Sunday and tweet about news, articles and other content we find interesting. We seek to write about a range of topics, from theoretical physics, the mechanics of everyday objects, number theory and even more, in a way that everyone can understand. We act as translators, to an extent, taking all the inaccessible information we can access and putting it into plain english.
We launched at the beginning of November 2011. The blog was started by Ned Summers and the posts are written by Ned and Theo Caplan, both of whom are students at St Paul’s School, London. We put a lot of emphasis on not just reciting facts, but explaining concepts as well.
Ned decided to start the blog after having questions about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity answered by his physics teacher. Theo joined a few weeks later. Ned prefers to post on theoretical and particle physics, whilst Theo prefers number theory and music related subjects. Up until mid-January 2012 the blog had just about 2,000 page views, but on the 26th Stephen fry tweeted about us causing a spike of 24,000 in one day! Due to the tweet, Theo did an interview on BBC radio 6.
A series on the physics of sport in the months before the London olympics encouraged Theo to write a post on the Heptathlon scoring system, highlight flaws and creating solutions. This got picked up, firstly, by the Sunday Times, and subsequently by the Telegraph. Theo also did interviews on BBC Radio 5 Live and Sky Sports.
We love hearing from you. Any feedback, questions or things you want us to post about are welcome and you can find out how to get in touch on the “contact us” page linked above.