Welcome to Telegraph readers!

If you’ve found us from the article in this week’s Strathclyde Telegraph then hello, and welcome to Degree of Freedom. We hope you find the site interesting — if you’ve any suggestions or (even better) you want to contribute something, please get in touch! We try to update every few days, so please keep checking back.

Thank you to the good people at the Telegraph for the article. Today’s tenuous connection: the first electromechanical telegraph to be used routinely was in fact jointly invented by a mathematician, Carl Friedrich Gauss, and a physicist, Wilhelm Weber, in 1833. There’s also a telegraph equation (you can animate some solutions here), which describes how signals travel along a wire, gradually decaying and spreading as they do so. If you can think of other connections, by all means let us know…


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