Monthly Archives: November 2010

The Treatment of Asthma Through the Ages by Clive Page

My third visit of the week to the Royal Institution was to last night’s Friday Evening Discourse: The Treatment of Asthma Through the Ages, delivered by Clive Page (Director of the Sackler Institute of Pulmonary Pharmacology and Professor of Pharmacology … Continue reading

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Size Matters – Royal Institution Christmas Lectures preview

Mark Miodownik is going to present the 2010 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, and I took my daughter to see a preview on Thursday evening. He was an immediate hit with the audience – oh for science teachers in our schools … Continue reading

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Science that Changed the World: an event at the Royal Institution

Last week saw the publication of Michael Faraday: a Very Short Introduction by Frank James, Professor of the History of Science at the Royal Institution. On Wednesday there was Science that Changed the World, an event at the RI to … Continue reading

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Simon Schaffer on losers: The Unfortunate Chemist

Last night Simon Schaffer gave the 75th anniversary lecture of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry: The Unfortunate Chemist: the tribulations of chemical philosophy in an age of revolution. It was about losers, chemists (or chymists) who … Continue reading

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Silver River by Virginia Spiers, with paintings by Mary Martin

I’ve been waiting for this for a while and today my copy arrived, and it was worth the wait – it’s a lovely book, published by the Tamar Valley AONB. Virginia Spiers has been writing Guardian Country Diaries since 1994, … Continue reading

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The Somerset Levels and the Shapwick Project

Until a couple of years ago, for quite a few summers I would spend a fortnight or so camping in Somerset with my children – one at a time, so I could individually tailor what we did to suit the … Continue reading

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The Lanhydrock Atlas – a window into seventeenth century Cornwall

I don’t expect lots of people are as enthused with this book as I am, but for anyone with an interest in Cornwall, landscape history, history and archaeology generally, and maps (old maps especially) (me, for instance), this book is … Continue reading

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