Welcome to everyone who finds their way to my blog. As many of you will know I achieved minor celebrity status last week as a bit-part player, almost an extra, in the climategate saga. However for those of you who don’t know me here are a few words. I’m Paul Dennis, an isotope geochemist and Head of the Stable Isotope Laboratories at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia. This blog is my personal site where I can write about any science that interests me, describe my research and give my take on ideas, and views on issues of interest. More importantly it’s somewhere I can engage with you on science. Science impinges on all our lives in many ways and we are all part of the adventure. The man on the Clapham omnibus has as much right to engage in science as I do. So please take this as a welcome to debate and discuss.
I’ve been described in the press as a climate scientist. I’m not. First and foremost I’m a geochemist with interest in many subjects. My research has wandered over the fields of solid state physics, point and line defect properties of silicate minerals, solid state transport processes, phase transformations, mineral deposits, isotope hydrology and hydrogeology, palaeoclimates, the earth in deep time, beam transport systems and mass spectrometer instrument design and construction. Some may say I’ve been a bit of a scientific dilettante. More I see myself as enjoying science in its widest sense. Perhaps it gives me a different and wider perspective. If I don’t understand something I want to take it apart, find out how it works and then try and put the pieces back together again.
So now you have some background please bear with me as I, possibly slowly, build this site. Feel free to comment, critique and give advice. At many times the postings may read like a diary. I hope they give you some idea of my scientific world, my lab and my research.
I’ll start with a posting on why I’ve called the blog Harmonic Oscillator, but that’s for tonight.
Best wishes to all.