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The Warwick maths train

Train WarwickThis photo was sent in by Nicholas Jackson at the University of Warwick. He says that some years ago, when the Warwick Mathematics Institute was still up on the Gibbet Hill campus, before it moved into the new building down on main campus, an industrious graduate student drew a large picture of a train on one of the many blackboards dotted around the department.  It stayed there for a good few years, until a well-meaning cleaner wiped it away.  Fortunately, the original artist came back for a conference a few weeks later and redrew it while he was there.  The train lasted for another few years until another well-meaning cleaner erased it.  Nicholas took this photograph during his MSc sometime in 1996 or 1997 and thinks that the train finally disappeared in 1999 or 2000. Were you in Warwick at that time? Do you remember it? Do you have similar stories of surprising artwork appearing on boards in your department? Let me know!

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3 responses

  1. Remember it well,
    but what became of the blackboard clock?

    September 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm

  2. Julian Hall

    It’s a locomotive without even a tender, not a train.

    November 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm

  3. Ursula Martin

    It was there when I was doing my PhD in the late 1970’s…

    October 16, 2015 at 5:14 pm

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