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Visualising space probes 30 years on

When I went to see the Science Museum's excellent Cosmonauts exhibition this week I expected to find objects and stories about Yuri Gagarin, Valentina Tereshkova and (with luck) some space dogs. I got all of those, but also a blast from my own past, when I encountered large-scale models of objects I had studied closely [...]

By |October 7th, 2015|Exhibition review, Museums, science|0 Comments

How many women scientists can you name?

For me, the answer is surprisingly few, a fact that makes A Passion for Science: Stories of Discovery and Invention, at once, both inspirational and melancholic. Published by the organisers of Ada Lovelace Day, the book shares the stories of twenty women who researched, invented and utilised science and technology in remarkable ways. In a [...]

By |January 4th, 2014|Book review, science, science communication|0 Comments

Why politics and science don’t mix

Like oil and water, politics and science simply don't mix. Why? Because, as I say in my recent review of Mark Henderson's The Geek Manifesto book, "politicians and scientists think very differently and value different things". Here's an extract from the post: "Changing your mind is de rigeur for scientists who come across new evidence; [...]

By |July 12th, 2012|Book review, science, science communication|0 Comments

Mild-mannered accountant was the ‘victim’ in Milgram’s electrocution experiment

I write about a lot of different things. Some things that I know about already. Some that I don't. In both instances, writing forces you to get under the skin of the facts and find the nuggets of interest which might most grab your reader. Although I'd read about the shocking experiments of Yale psychologist [...]

By |December 8th, 2011|science|0 Comments