Homeward bound

We’re all finally on our way home after a remarkable week. We hope to be able to release some details of the projects to be funded on Monday – you’ll read about them here first. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to a restful weekend.

Richard Jones


5 Responses to “Homeward bound”

  1. 1 Martin G. Smith January 12, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    Richard – Rest up and stay well. Please do not forget those of us who are following along on the Highway of Light. Congratulations on a job well done – Martin

  2. 2 Philip Moriarty January 13, 2007 at 12:47 am


    I’d like to echo Martin’s comments. I’m sure that I speak for all those involved in the sandpit when I say thanks for all your stirling efforts on coordinating and directing such a challenging, exciting, and exhausting event! Similarly, to David, Martin, and Jack – it was great to work with you and your efforts are very much appreciated.

    [David, while you didn’t quite tempt me across the river Styx, I certainly very much enjoyed our discussions on pure vs. applied science…]

    I look forward to seeing the response of readers of this blog to the descriptions of the projects (to be posted here next week). There’s some fascinating and novel science to be done.

    Best wishes,


  3. 3 Philip Moriarty January 13, 2007 at 1:01 am

    Arrgghh. I, of course, meant “..to David, Mike, and Jack” and not “…to David, Martin, and Jack”. Sorry Mike!

    (That’ll teach me to blog past my bedtime and with my body still recovering from the “heroic” [(c) Bill Hicks] quantities of caffeine ingested during the past week…)

    Bye for now,


  4. 4 Martin G Smith January 13, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    To Bill and Phillip – It is to be hoped that the ‘Heroic quantities of caffeine’ were of a supreme quality.

    To Phillip – If you ever need assistance in fording the river Styx or any other Abyss, I have a full chest of tools with which to build a bridge.

    To All – You are probably too weary, hungover and just plain spent to read this right now, but hear it goes anyway. –

    I wrote this once as part of a eulogy for an old friend, and while the end of this process in no way took on a funereal tone, the analogy fits:

    [A Tribute to Ginger Baker]
    The range of affect has been great;
    Just as a stone thrown skips across the
    surface of a still pond;
    As it slips below the surface,
    it leaves only you to know it was ever there;
    And yet, as the stone settles to the water’s floor;
    It changes the surface forever;
    Such is the Range of Affect.

    This process has had a Range of Affect far beyond the confines of the Mansion or even the EPSRC. It has shown a growing group of people with whom I have daily contact that tings are possible. The benefit of having the ‘Act’ presented on the Highway of Light speaks well for the potential of things which will come – Thank You

  5. 5 Andrew Turberfield January 14, 2007 at 9:35 pm

    I, too, would like to acknowledge Richard, David, Mike and Jack for heroic efforts to steer us to a successful conclusion. Thank you!

    The week produced far more promising ideas than could be accommodated in the chosen projects. Software control of matter proved to be a rich topic: it was developed in many exciting directions including the design of self-assembling systems, evolutionary strategies for the development of functional materials, and new languages with which to describe and control molecular assembly. A funding initiative in this area could be very rewarding. This is certainly only the beginning of a very important research theme.

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