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The Spike [: or, Victoria University College Review 1957]

Mathematical and Physical Society

Mathematical and Physical Society

This is an honourable society. Its records stretch back to 1920, when it was founded, and its activities continue in 1957 to follow the pattern set down then. It is one of the largest and most active of the science clubs, meeting about once a fortnight during the first two terms, and from time to time arranging visits to places of mathematical and/or physical interest. Besides lectures, its meetings usually include a panel discussion and a demonstration of the research in progress in the Physics Department. Supper (provided by the professors) is served after the meetings in the stage I physics lab. With moderate success, it has always attempted to keep abreast of recent work in maths and physics, and it attempts to coerce its own members into delivering addresses, with moderate success. Otherwise, there is little of dramatic interest to report during the last three years, save the election of Professor Watson-Munro as a life member in 1955, and a bitter vendetta with the Executive over a grant for the purchase of a teapot. Perhaps best of the cultural clubs, it exhibits their proper complacency, a Victorian security based on the common interests of a small but self-acknowledgedly privileged minority.