All posts by Nik Whitehead

Nik is a lecturer in computer science at the University of Akureyri in northern Iceland… but computer science is not her passion. She has a Bachelors degree in astronomy and astrophysics then took her Masters and Doctoral degrees in computer science when she realized that there are not enough jobs in astronomy to go around. What she’d really like to be when she grows up is either the navigator of the starship Enterprise or maybe a space traffic controller. She is also an active member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, which gives her an excellent excuse to study the history of science.

By Nik Whitehead on October 4, 2009 in

Date: October 4, 2009 Title: Measuring Time Podcaster: Nik Whitehead Organization: None Description: Most people think of astronomy as being completely unrelated to their daily lives. They couldn’t be more wrong. Our day-to-day lives are governed by clocks and calendars, devices that only exist because ancient man looked at and measured the movements of objects […]

By Nik Whitehead on May 18, 2009 in

Date: May 18, 2009 Title: The Life of a Proton Podcaster: Nik Whitehead Description: The universe around us is made up of many different types of atoms, yet only two types, hydrogen and helium, were created in the Big Bang. Other elements have been formed by a wide variety of fascinating astrophysical processes since then. […]

By Nik Whitehead on March 24, 2009 in

Date: March 24, 2009 Title: Ptolemaic Cosmology – the Universe before Copernicus Podcaster: Nik Whitehead Organization: None Description: Nowadays we are all used to the idea that the Earth is nothing particularly special, just another planet orbiting a fairly average star in a pretty normal galaxy. This worldview is thanks to the work of Nicholas Copernicus, who published his […]