For countless millennia, mankind has struggled to make sense of an increasingly hostile universe. In the latter part of the twentieth century, a group of students in an English university set out to challenge the fundamental tenets of Western philosophy; the very basis of rationality upon which our modern society is founded.
But that's as may be. This page is about an entirely different set of people, the Cambridge University Raving Loony Society. Despised by some, ignored by most, the group followed in the steps of the great pranksters of former generations by spreading terror, outrage and mild annoyance throughout Cambridge in the early 80's.
The brainchild of student John Lewis (who for obvious reasons now wishes to remain anonymous), CURLS held its inaugural meeting in a room in St John's in 1981. Very soon, CURLS's first act of naughtiness had been planned. Buggered if I can remember what it was, though.
No, wait! We haven't done the middle yet!
So, what exactly did CURLS get up to? Only now can some of the shocking details be revealed... [Sorry, only some of these pages have been written so far]
The CURLS logo reflects the strong showing of mathematicians and "natsci"s among the membership; its meaning will be clear to anyone with a basic understanding of vector calculus.