Happy birthday to George Green Library!

The Science and Engineering Library is about to start looking all brand new and shiny, but in fact it is 50 years since it opened its doors to students and staff at The University of Nottingham. It opened during the summer vacation of 1964, construction having been begun two years earlier, in September 1962. The …

Nobel prizewinner at The University of Nottingham

Today’s glittering ceremony in Oslo honours the Nobel prizewinners of 2014. Unfortunately, none of them are from our University this year, although in 2004 Nottingham alumni were awarded two Nobel awards: the Nobel Prize for Medicine was given to Sir Peter Mansfield for his pioneering work in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and an additional Nobel Prize …

MRI Scanning and George Green

One of the University of Nottingham’s biggest success stories in recent years has been its association with the development of Magnetic Resonance techniques. Sir Peter Mansfield pioneered work on MRI in Nottingham in the 1970s, and invented the current method of producing an image of a slice through the inside of a human body using magnetic …

George Green and his windmill

Tomorrow sees the first of a series of lunchtime talks associated with our new exhibition, George Green: Nottingham’s Magnificent Mathematician. The brick tower mill which dominates the Sneinton skyline was built by George Green’s father in around 1807. Green worked there – with the assistance of a mill manager – until he entered Cambridge University …

George Green: Nottingham’s Magnificent Mathematician

Our new exhibition at the Weston Gallery focuses on a “local hero” – the miller from Sneinton whose pioneering mathematical work now underpins scientific research in areas as diverse as quantum physics, optics, radar, structural engineering and biomechanics. Sadly, George Green (1793-1841) died before his real genius was understood. As the curator, I wanted to explore …