Cambridge Goes to War: The Royal Flying Corps at Christ’s College

Although I was unable to view the Rhys Davids papers (the primary collection I had intentions of viewing), I discovered that Christ’s College, the college I stayed at during my study abroad program at Cambridge, held some materials pertaining to the Royal Flying Corps. All the materials were held in Christ’s College’s library as a part of the papers of W.H.D. Rouse. William Rouse was a classicist, a Fellow of Christ’s College and Headmaster of the Perse School, an independent boys’ school, in Cambridge. Matthews was a former pupil of Rouse from the Perse School and, due to context, spent some time at Cambridge before the war started. This is particularly interesting, as not only a lot of Cambridge University students and alumni joined the Royal Flying Corps (contributing to the overwhelming number of upper class officers), but the university also served as an Aeronautics training school for the R.F.C., as did Oxford.

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Black Space Project Update

One of the best resources that I have had while doing this research project was one that I found through the directors of the Ancient Campus, Dr. Susan Kern and Kimberly Renner. Dr. Kern, who is the executive director and has an extensive knowledge of the history of William and Mary, allowed me to use what they colloquially call “The Book.” The book is really a misnomer, though, because “the book” is really a binder.

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Serendipity in New York: stumbling Upon Old Coins commemorating the Huguenots

Today’s blog post is going to be on what I stumbled upon in New York last week on my research trip. The Huguenot Society of America has in its possession eight coins that are tangentially interesting to this project. They are duplicates of a set of coins held by the British museum in London, and were donated by Judge A. T. Clearwater to the society in 1899 after his visit there.

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Summary

Due to some limitations, the work I’ve done this some was still fairly basic. So far, the research involves some computer programing and mathematical proofs. The coding part includes two Mathematica programs to numerically solve stable regions and Python program to run Monte Carlo trials. With the help of these programs, I looked into the stable region of system A-Pt where A and P are 3 by 3 real matrices when t progresses from negative infinity to positive infinity.  I found the possible number of times that the stability of the system could change and found substantial examples for each situation. Regarding the situations when the system’s stability changes for an odd number of times, some observations are also made and proved.  I also digressed a little bit to look into the probability that a random 3 by 3 real matrix is stable. I got an approximation with numerical experiment, but I haven’t started any theoretical proofs.

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Preparing the Evaluations

Hello all,

To collect data from participants, an planned an all-day event hosted at a football field in central Monrovia. We aimed to use three evaluations to collect data: an academic examination, a survey, and an art project.

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