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Herman Wouk – the 20th / 21st century’s greatest author

Herman Wouk – the 20th / 21st century’s greatest author

What makes a great author? Some would argue that popularity should be the key measure, with best-selling authors the clear champions of the writing world. The public is the true test of what is great and their judgement carries all before it. Others might argue that simple popularity is a bad measure: Agatha Christie or Dick Francis may have sold millions of copies, but their books are relatively simple in structure and arguably lack depth. For such people, the true…

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Who would you put on the £50 Note?

Who would you put on the £50 Note?

The Bank of England is undertaking an exercise to ask people to nominate a scientist to go on the https://app.keysurvey.co.uk/f/1348443/10fc/ Anyone can vote and there is no shortlist (though the vote is advisory, not binding – no Science McScienceface here!). The main criteria are that they must be a scientist, must be dead and must have contributed to science in the UK. I’ve nominated Stephen Hawking. He was a brilliant scientist, a gifted communicator and an inspiration to many, including…

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Guest Post: Cosmos, The Infographic Book of Space

Guest Post: Cosmos, The Infographic Book of Space

This is a guest post by Dr Chris North, astronomer and prolific commented on this blog, about his book Cosmos, The Infographic Book of Space. Over the years I’ve written a few popular science books, and it’s something I’ve enjoyed doing. So far they’ve always with a co-author (such as Sky at Night colleages Patrick Moore and Paul Abel), which is useful for sharing ideas – as well as spreading the workload! I think it’s fair to say that the…

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Five Things We’ve Learned From Science

Five Things We’ve Learned From Science

Because there’s not been much progress in the fundamentals of physics – the Standard Model is still essentially the same as it was 30 years ago – it can sometimes feel that we’ve not learned that much new recently. Sure, we have a lot of exciting technology, particular computers and smart phones, but these are all operationalistions of existing basic science rather than based on anything new. I think this is a classic example of the current time paradox, where…

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