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Andy Martin

Andy Martin is the author of Stealing the Wave, Napoleon the Novelist and Waiting for Bardot. He is married, is a roadie for his two sons, and teaches at Cambridge University. In various parallel worlds, he is a surfer, a Hollywood scriptwriter, and a great poet.
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Of making many books there is no end and much study is a weariness of the flesh

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. In my nightmares, playing the part of Hamlet without having read the script. In reality it has more to do with hair-loss.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Attaining a state of philosophical and zen-like detachment in the face of the last bad review

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. The North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Napoleon, but more on account of an imperfect command of the French language rather than desire for world domination

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February 12, 2010

this is an article published in the Times in January. Science: Waiting for the God particle Is physics really doomed if we don’t find the elusive Higgs boson Andy Martin My friend’s question was direct: “Have you found the Higgs boson yet?” We were standing in the shade of a jacaranda on the campus of Caltech in Pasadena. An attractive blonde particle physicist had returned from CERN in Geneva. Naturally, my friend Alan Weinstein (I like to think of him as W. Einstein) would ask her about the so-called God particle. She laughed with the kind of laugh that suggested that physicists had been guilty of hyping the sub-atomic realm.... see more

February 12, 2010

here is the link for my piece about the great Eddie Aikau event in Hawaii. After years of dreaming about it, I was finally lucky enough to be there for the big day. Surfing big waves is like a myth that happens to be true. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/pacific-heights-north-shore-of-oahu-hits-the-jackpot-1836693.html

July 13, 2009

This is the review that came out in the Independent: Simon & Schuster £12.99 (305pp) £11.69 (free p&p) from the Independent Bookshop: 0870 079 8897 Beware Invisible Cows, By Andy Martin Reviewed by Martin Fletcher Friday, 10 July 2009 Perhaps as a surfer you are more in touch than most with the scale of nature. Waves the size of houses can crush you to a pulp or send you gliding into that zonal nirvana of oneness with the higher powers which is the object of all that paddling around watching and waiting. Ex-surfer, now Cambridge academic and historian, Andy Martin, must have spent a lot of his downtime before the wave "take off" meditating on... see more

July 13, 2009

This is the uncut text of the article that appeared in The Times 27/6/09 THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS The European Extremely Large Telescope will dwarf all other telescopes. In 1609 Galileo’s ‘Old Discoverer’ could boast a lens an inch in diameter. Now the Keck Observatory on top of a mountain in Hawaii has two mirrors each of them 10 metres across, but so smooth and so perfect that even if they were stretched out to the width of the world their irregularities would still only be inches high. The Extremely Large Telescope – its name so deliberately prosaic that it becomes almost poetic – will, providing it is completed by... see more

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