Whim of the Week – 44

Bedroom chemistry…

Today I presented a seminar at the Center for Interdisciplinary Mathematics at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. I talked about our work in the area of computational chemistry (in particular autocatalytic sets). Interestingly enough, the wallpaper on the wall behind the bed in my hotel room in Uppsala is filled with chemical equations. Never seen any wallpaper like this. What a funny coincidence!

The wall behind the bed in my hotel room. It's hard to see in this pic, but there is writing all over it.
The wall behind the bed in my hotel room. It’s a bit hard to see in this pic, but there is writing all over it.
This writing turns out the be all chemical equations!
This writing turns out to be all chemical equations!

On my way over to the maths department this morning, some buildings on campus caught my attention.

A pretty university building.
A pretty university building.

Unfortunately the building where I had to present my seminar was less attractive.

The building where the maths department is located.
The building where the maths department is located.

But the talk went very well, with lots of interest and good questions from the audience. I’m sure I’ll sleep well tonight, with all those chemical equations above my head…


whimsical (adj.): Determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason. Playful or fanciful, especially in a humorous way. (Source: The Free Dictionary)

In an effort to continue looking at the bright side of life in these worrying times, the Whim of the Week series features sometimes funny or unusual, sometimes beautiful or inspiring, but generally whimsical observations I happen to capture on camera during my wanderings around the world.