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Jim Al-Khalili, Quantum Life (how physics can revolutionise biology); and neeps

I’d thawed out the vegetarian haggis, made sure we had a neep and some tatties, and so was all ready for a Burns Night supper. Neep, incidentally, is the Scots for turnip or swede, and like many Scots words looks … Continue reading

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Unnatural: the Heretical Idea of Making People. Philip Ball at the Royal Institution

Philip Ball is nothing if not versatile – on my shelf I have books by him on Chartres Cathedral, on why we like music, his Nature’s Patterns trilogy (Branches, Flow and Shapes), and now Unnatural, on what the cultural history … Continue reading

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The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society

Past volumes of the Royal Society’s Philosophical Transactions are available to read online for free, and I’ve been spending the odd hour or two most days over the last few weeks wandering through them; I’m up to about 1737 now. … 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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Rhythms of the Body: Prof Stafford Lightman at the Royal Institution

Well, it’s been a busy week. Wednesday saw me at the Royal Institution taking my 13-year-old daughter to a Maths Masterclass, where we learnt about vectors, followed by a wander through Green and St James Parks and then an hour … Continue reading

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String theory and the Multiverse : Brian Greene and A C Grayling exchange at the frontier

Thursday afternoon saw me (and my 16-year old son) at the Wellcome Collection in London for the recording of Exchanges at the Frontier. The series of talks is a partnership with the BBC World Service, and has A C Grayling … Continue reading

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Neutrino: is the sun still shining? – Frank Close at the Royal Institution

Frank Close is Professor of Physics at Oxford University and a Fellow of Exeter College. He was formerly vice president of the British Association for Advancement of Science, Head of the Theoretical Physics Division at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and … Continue reading

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