Author Archives: Matthew Williamson
When you’re a toddler, your whole world is about balance, or more often the lack of it. The very word “toddler” instills a mental image of wobbling, teetering, and eventually falling over. Bump.
Of all the things to label young children with, falling over seems like a strange one. But what do we do after we fall over?… Read more
Going to the doctor’s can be a scary ordeal when you’re under five. Strange rooms, people in funny uniforms, and dare I mention… needles shudder. And often this fear carries over into adulthood (even if it’s just very mild dread).
This is a bit of a shame really, because the NHS is full of wonderfully dedicated and friendly people.… Read more
Kids learn a lot at school. A LOT. But the amount they have to learn in first five years of their life is astonishing. From a helpless bundle of joy to a walking, talking, rampaging person mostly ready to face the world.
Needless to say, what happens to a child’s brain during this period is crucial, and science has made efforts to tease out the how, when and why.… Read more
Flowers, bunnies, fluffy little chicks! It’s that time of year again. When spring is in the air, there’s lot of science to observe – the leaves on the trees, the lengthening days, and the warming temperatures.
All of this happens because Planet Earth is tilted. We spin on our axis once a day, but this axis is on a tilt.… Read more
2016 sees the Naughty Monsters in the Sky back in planetarium. The terrible twosome help answer some of the most important questions of all: “Where does the Sun go at night?”, “Does the Moon really change shape?” and “Why don’t I always see the stars?”.… Read more
The Indiana Jones films are memorable for many reasons. There’s the whip-hat combo, the exotic filming locations, and not least the theme-tune (sorry, you’re stuck with it all day now).
Dr. Jones (Henry Jr.) can seem at times an out-and-out adventurer, but if you ask me, the best bits are when he shows off a bit of academic prowess.… Read more
A story of fridges, hover-boards, and the nature of science.
Every process, however well designed, wastes some energy as heat.
The electricity that powers our modern world wastes energy on every lap of the circuit, just as a distance runner wastes energy to sweat and body heat with every straight and every bend.… Read more
“Thinking is more interesting than knowing but less interesting than looking”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What are children if not observant? Does your little one notice things that you never expected? Do they innocently tell your secrets – like who ate the last slice of cake? Plenty of toddlers have proudly declared to me that they’ve spotted I have no hair.… Read more