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  • Jocelyn Bell Burnell (Bath, UK) tells her personal story of thediscovery of the first pulsar.
  • Sir Michael Berry (Bristol, UK) ties knots in nothing.
  • Richard Dawkins (Oxford, UK) explains what Darwinism meanstoday.
  • Loren Graham (MIT, US) explains why Stalin's top-down policymeant that no Russian engineering project would ever workproperly.
  • Richard Gregory (Bristol, UK) explores some of the visualillusions that so easily fool us.
  • Eric Lander (MIT, US) discusses the excitement of the humangenome project.
  • Lord May of Oxford (UK) President of the Royal Society talksabout chaos, ecology and HIV.
  • John Maynard Smith (Sussex, UK) disccuses why we bother withsex.
  • Rosalind Picard (MIT, US) believes in wearable computers thatunderstand our emotions.
  • Sir Martin Rees (Cambridge, UK) Astronomer Royal, discusses thebig bang, black holes and the end of the universe.
  • Eugenie Scott (Oakland, US) is a leading campaigner for theteaching in schools of evolution rather than creationism.
  • Lewis Wolpert (UCL, UK) speaks on the ethics and practicalityof cloning and on his depression.
  • Colleen Cavanaugh (Harvard, US) describes the excitement anddiscomfort of exploring the deep ocean.
  • Peter Raven (St Louis, US) is a leading advocate ofbiodiversity - described by Time magazine as a hero for theplanet.



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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...a good book for anyone who wants to see how real science is done..." (Focus magazine, No.148, March 2005)

"...As well as being stimulating and awe-inspiring, the transcripts are packed with humour and insight..." (South Coast Magazine, February 2005)

"...this wonderfully accessible book brings to life today's most intriguing scientific discoveries, debates and personalities." (Focus, Number 154, 2005)

"...wonderful a library with a shelf for scientists as personalities, this volume merits a place." (Journal Of College Science Teaching, June 2006)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470093023
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Hart-Davis is a successful freelance broadcaster, writer and photographer.  He is an acclaimed presenter of TV programmes, primarily for the BBC, that make science, technology and history accessible to a wide audience.  Before becoming a presenter he was a TV producer on a wide range of programmes for commercial television.
Adam Hart-Davis holds a Dphil from York University and an MA in Chemistry from Oxford University.  He was educated at Eton College.  He completed three years post doctoral research in Canada and the UK and several years in Oxford University Press before beginning his television career at Yorkshire Television.
Full details of the programmes on which he has worked can be found on his web-site:
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Table of Contents


Chapter One: Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

Chapter Two: Sir Michael Berry.

Chapter Three: Colleen Cavanaugh.

Chapter Four: Richard Dawkins.

Chapter Five: Loren Graham.

Chapter Six: Richard Gregory.

Chapter Seven: Eric Lander.

Chapter Eight: Lord May of Oxford.

Chapter Nine: John Maynard Smith.

Chapter Ten: Rosalind Picard.

Chapter Eleven: Peter Raven.

Chapter Twelve: Sir Martin Rees.

Chapter Thirteen: Eugenie Scott.

Chapter Fourteen: Lewis Wolpert.



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