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Particle Physics and Pony Fiction Experimentalist


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Standing on the Withers of Alicorns: The Science of My Little Pony

Hello! I’m Pineta. Welcome to my lab. This is where I experiment with new ways to communicate science using ponies and engineer mutant hybrid stories which defy classification as fiction or non-fiction. Please take a look around. You are encouraged to participate in the experiments by reading, rating and commenting.

At good place to start is: The Art of Rainbow Engineering. If you want something short and sweet try: Domestic Rock Science. If you’re ready for something more advanced try: Rock Farms and Nuclear Reactors, or Time on Their Hooves. I have also written a collection of pony newspaper front pages: Breaking News and Weather, which got me into the RCL, and my most popular story: The Brightest and the Best.

I aim to maintain an awesome blog on everything science, pony and fiction related. A few of the best bits are:

Physics Highlight of Rainbow Rocks
It's About Time Dilation
Pinkie Pie guide to Irrational and Transcendental Numbers
Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie attack Pony Princess Doll Marketing

See also the Full Index.

Twilight Sparkle is Best Pony. Rainbow Dash gets a special mention as you can’t get much more awesome than a sonic rainboom. And a big hug to Pinkie Pie, who taught me how to explain complex scientific topics in a way which everyone can understand, and occasionally writes guest posts for my blog.

In the real world, I build kit for particle physics experiments and teach math and physics to university students. I have a PhD in astroparticle physics. I’m based in England, but love to travel and make friends around the world.

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Tau Day: Recycling Ideas · 10:59pm 4 hours ago

Tau day - 6.28 - has come around again, so I have the once-a-year chance to plug The Tau of Two Pie and make some circle jokes which you have heard before.

One detail which I haven't mentioned before is that the idea behind this story was taken from a similar scene in Peter Høeg's novel Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow (Frøken Smillas fornemmelse for sne), where the main character unexpectedly bonds with a young child while reading Euclid's Elements. Smilla is a half-Greenlandic glaciologist, in some ways more focussed on snow, ice and mathematics than people. She is a different character to Maud Pie, yet the trope of a lone geoscientist is one which turns up again and again in science-themed fiction.

What other literary characters are there in the mould of Maud Pie?

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No, I missed that, thanks for the tip-off. Unfortunately I don't think I can fit in a trip up to Scotland this weekend.

As it's the sort of thing that you sometimes blog about, do you know that it's national unicorn day this Sunday in Scotland?

How far is the L4 Earth-Sun Lagrange point from Earth? Let's say that Equiis is a simi.... nevermind, I'll just look up the formula.

Very cool. I think I've directed a few readers to mylittleconomy over time. Good to see it also works the other way.

you're the science version of my little economy, and now I'm following you.

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