Historical geography may be defined most simply as the study of the geography of places in the past. While it would appear to be relatively easy to differentiate between the ‘past’ and the ‘present’, there is room for some debate about when the ‘present’ ends and the ‘past’ begins.
From studying Natural Sciences, to researching spectroscopy, to teaching Chemical Engineering and, throughout, playing tiddlywinks.
Chris Burgoyne shows that Structural Engineers do much more than just building bridges.
I usually describe myself as a ‘cultural’ historian, an adjective that raised eyebrows when I joined the History Faculty in Cambridge in 1979, but became normal and even fashionable by the 1990s.
In my novel Pax, published in October 2019, artist Stephen Bloodsmith creates images inspired by Rubens’ trip to London in 1629, when he came as envoy of the Court of Spain to negotiate a Peace with England. But will the manipulations he portrays in art spill over into the real world – even into his intimate life?
Alex Jeffrey, a Lecturer in Human Geography, discusses his research into conflict, state-building and the possibilities for justice in a divided world.
Robert Macfarlane, Fellow and Part II Director of Studies in English, on his studies, writing, teaching and research.
I have been interested in volcanoes for well over 30 years. My research group, in the Department of Earth Sciences, studies magmatic processes. We want to answer simple questions. How is magma generated? How does it move towards the surface? Where is it stored before volcanic eruptions? What is the relationship between magmatism and environmental change?
Early-modern Japan (1600-1867) witnessed the production of a vast amount of texts, both handwritten and commercially printed by means of woodblocks. These materials are the key to unlock a variety of disciplines when studying early-modern Japan, and yet they present multiple challenges.
Japan, books, prints, popular culture, unusual scripts and cats: these are the great passions of my life.
I came to Emmanuel in 1984 to read Mathematics, and have been here in various guises ever since.
I came to study Philosophical Theology via a degree in English Literature, and in particular through a desire to understand better the relationship between literary form and metaphysical content in such texts as the fourteenth century poem, "Pearl", and Milton's "Paradise Lost".
Lucia Ruprecht describes her interdisciplinary teaching and research on literature, film, and dance.
Jon Simons explores how the brain helps you keep a grip on reality.
Prof. Anthony Stone has been a member of the College since 1957, and is now retired and a Life Fellow. He was Director of Studies in Natural Sciences for many years, and was for a time a Tutor, including a period as Admissions Tutor in Science.
Since high school I have been fascinated by Particle Physics. The fact that humankind has been able to develop a profound understanding of nature at this most fundamental level is a remarkable achievement.
After graduating from Oxford in 1964, I joined the research group of Luis Alvarez at the University of California, Berkeley, where I obtained a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics in 1969. That was a time of great excitement, with discoveries coming thick and fast. I studied the new phenomenon of CP (charge-conjugation times parity) violation in neutral K mesons, using the bubble-chamber technique for which Alvarez was awarded the 1968 Nobel Prize.