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Hidden Places

On a virtual tour of Cambridge, we can catch a glimpse of the sights that are not accessible or are currently hidden from the public eye…

Hidden Places v2Left: staircase leading to students’ accommodation in an early 16th century college. Top right: on the roof of King’s College Chapel. Bottom right: Maxwell’s original lecture theatre in the Old Cavendish Laboratory on Free School Lane.

Why Tangential?

Why tangential? Well, for many reasons! First of all, we’ll roam and meander on our tours, exploring links and allusions and often going off at tangents, which is much more fun than sticking to a single track. Secondly, it’s a reference to an iconic Cambridge site (see the picture – courtesy of Wikipedia). Also, it’s a mathematical concept close to my heart. And, finally, it somewhat resembles my own name!

Maths Bridge Coloured 2
This is the so-called Mathematical Bridge. The straight, coloured lines together describe an arc, and each of them is a tangent to it! That way the stress is distributed lengthwise rather than perpendicular to the beams which makes the construction much more robust.