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incoming by Ted Nield


The asteroid belt is not the way it’s portrayed in Star Wars… It’s not this busy violent place with things colliding all the time… The meteorite that landed on Chebarkul a few days ago made me think that it was a good time to delve into the archive for the podcast I recorded with my […]

Continue Reading · 21 February 2013 · podcasts, science and philosophy

Robin Dunbar on the Science of Love

Evolutionary anthropologist Robin Dunbar has spent many years investigating human mating strategies. What that means is that he can spend time pondering why we kiss, what the point of high heels is, and why a GSOH is so often on the shopping list of desirable traits in a partner. Here in under four minutes he […]

Continue Reading · 5 March 2012 · podcasts, science and philosophy, video
Jon Agar

Jon Agar – Science in the Twentieth Century and Beyond

Jon Agar‘s new History of Science in the Twentieth Century and Beyond goes beyond the limitations of disciplinary and national histories of science to look at the broad themes in the science of the last eleven decades. He shows the close connections between science and warfare, politics and the commercial world, and charts the rise […]

Continue Reading · 2 March 2012 · history and politics, podcasts, science and philosophy

“Following the footsteps of the psyche” – an interview with Carol Gilligan

In September I met up with Carol Gilligan at Polity‘s offices in Cambridge to record this two-part interview in which she talked about her childhood, writing her landmark study In a Different Voice (1982), her most recent book Joining the Resistance, and her thoughts on what has been achieved in the three decades since In […]

Continue Reading · 9 November 2011 · history and politics, podcasts, science and philosophy

46. Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us about Humanity

“Elephants are not treated much differently now than they were in the mid-eighteenth century: they are objects of awe and conservation, yet legally hunted, made captive, abused, and forced to labor for human gain. What then has research and learning served?” In Elephants on the Edge, Gay Bradshaw makes an eloquent but always scientifically reasoned […]

Continue Reading · 17 January 2011 · natural history, podcasts, science and philosophy

3. Books of the Year – Louise Foxcroft

Our third guest reviewer of this year’s publishing highlights is Cambridge-based historian of medicine, Louise Foxcroft. Louise won the Longman/History Today Prize in 2009 for her book Hot Flushes, Cold Science: A History of the Modern Menopause. You can hear a podcast in which she discusses the book here. And here are Louise’s favourite books […]

Continue Reading · 10 December 2010 · biography and memoir, literature, medicine, podcasts, science and philosophy

Summer Reading Choices: Graham Farmelo

Graham Farmelo is Senior Research Fellow at the Science Museum, London, and Adjunct Professor of Physics at Northeastern University, Boston, USA. He edited the best-selling It Must be Beautiful: Great Equations of Modern Science in 2002. His biography of Paul Dirac, The Strangest Man, won the 2009 Costa Biography Prize and the 2010 Los Angeles […]

Continue Reading · 10 August 2010 · biography and memoir, literature, podcasts, science and philosophy

Summer Reading Choices: Helena Markou

Helena Markou has the enviable title of Publishing Innovation Manager for Blackwell’s (the retail chain). When she isn’t making or selling books she can be found in the printmakers studio covered in indigo ink, in the dojo shooting arrows, or in a karaoke-box hogging the mic. Here are her summer reading selections: Holiday reading is […]

Continue Reading · 4 August 2010 · podcasts, science and philosophy, travel

39. On Monsters: An Unnatural History of our Worst Fears

I first became aware of Stephen Asma‘s book on the fine Washington Post Book World podcast (which sadly is no more). The Post also chose the book as one of its top non-fiction titles of the year for 2009, calling it “a safari through the many manifestations of our idea of the monstrous”. Their reviewer […]

Continue Reading · 13 January 2010 · history and politics, literature, podcasts, religion and belief, science and philosophy

“Where is everybody?”

Here’s an intriguing question to start the new year with. Last autumn I interviewed Marcus Chown about his latest popular science title, We Need to Talk about Kelvin. At the end of the interview (which you can find here), we made this short video in which Marcus tackled a question famously posed by the Italian […]

Continue Reading · 4 January 2010 · podcasts, science and philosophy, video