Tue, 3 Jul 2012 12:25:08 GMTLeibniz is one of the best known philosophers, but his work has had less attention than might be expected. In Leibniz Nicholas Jolley gives an introduction to the main points of Leibniz philosophy.
Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:16:11 GMTWe're surrounded by sources of information, but somehow we don't seem to find out what matters. In The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption Clay Johnson claims that we're getting junk information, and just as in the case of food, we need to be careful to consume the information we need.
Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:00:07 GMTBanks have lost huge amounts of money in the last few years, but why? They were subject to regulations and employed risk managers, and so things shouldn't have got anything like so bad. Why did things go so wrong? In Plight of the Fortune Tellers: Why We Need to Manage Financial Risk Differently Riccardo Rebonato gives his explanation.
Thu, 7 Jun 2012 11:54:17 GMTThe work of William Herschel was part of a watershed in the study of cosmology, where rather than being uniform and static, the universe began to be seen as subject to change and containing a heirarchy of structures. In The Construction of the Heavens: William Herschel's Cosmology Michael Hoskin tells of Herschel's contribution.
Thu, 24 May 2012 08:14:51 GMTIn Letters to a Young Mathematician Ian Stewart tells readers what he would like to have known when he was younger, in the form of letters to a budding mathematician, Meg.
Wed, 23 May 2012 15:12:47 GMTLasers are to be found everywhere today, but when the proposal of stimulated emission was developed, there was little idea of what it would lead to - it looked like it would just be a way of improving microwave sources. In How the Laser Happened: Adventures of a Scientist Charles Townes tells the story.
Thu, 17 May 2012 13:04:57 GMTIn the middle of the 20th Century, thinking about the meaning of quantum theory was strongly discouraged - physicists were supposed to work on practical applications (like bombs). But eventually people started to question this stance and delve into what quantum theory meant and how it was linked to other aspects of life. In How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival David Kaiser tells the story.
Tue, 15 May 2012 11:35:24 GMTInsects are so abundant that they must present a great feast for anything that eats them. In How not to be eaten : the insects fight back Gilbert Waldbauer tells of the strategies insects use to avoid this.
Tue, 8 May 2012 12:36:03 GMTIn Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street Tomas Sedlacek finds economic concepts in a wide variety of sources - from ancient myths to the mathematical theories of today.
Fri, 27 Apr 2012 12:38:38 GMTIn Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science Michael A Nielsen explains how the internet is changing the way science can be done and calls for us to adopt these changes as soon as we can.
Wed, 25 Apr 2012 16:33:37 GMTIn 9 Algorithms That Changed the Future: The Ingenious Ideas That Drive Today's Computers John MacCormick sets out to give readers an inkling of the workings of the algorithms driving todays computers and the internet, without requiring prior knowledge of programming or computer science.
Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:49:59 GMTGeoffrey Chaucer is known as the author of the Canterbury Tales, but there was much more to him than that, not just the poetry he wrote, but also the important work he did in the service of the King. In Chaucer (part of the Brief Lives series) Peter Ackroyd tells of his life.
Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:11:17 GMTIn The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization Jonathan Lyons explains how much medieval Christendom gained from Arabic learning.
Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:38:25 GMTFibonacci is known for his sequence of numbers, but in The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution Keith Devlin shows that he actually played a significant part in introducing the arithmetic we use today to the Western world.
Wed, 11 Apr 2012 12:28:58 GMTSeeing Further: The Story of Science and the Royal Society is a collection of short articles on a wide range of scientific topics, reflecting the range of interests of the Royal Society over its 350 year history. The articles are written by well known science writers, with editor Bill Bryson
Tue, 10 Apr 2012 15:55:50 GMTIn Knocking on heaven's door: how physics and scientific thinking illuminate the universe and the modern world Lisa Randall looks at the place of science in society, and in particular at what some of the large scale experiments are aiming to achieve.
Sat, 10 Mar 2012 11:43:55 GMTIn Green Philosophy: How to Think Seriously About the Planet Roger Scruton presents his views on how to deal with environmental, and other, problems which we are faced with.
Thu, 8 Mar 2012 10:03:37 GMTIn The necessary revolution: how individuals and organizations are working together to create a sustainable world Peter Senge shows that businesses shouldn't see the practice of sustainability as a public relations cost, but rather as vital to their staying in business in the decades ahead.
Mon, 5 Mar 2012 12:04:00 GMTPeer pressure is a important component of the behaviour of many people, but is often seen as a negative influence. In Join the club: how peer pressure can transform the world Tina Rosenberg shows just how strong peer pressure can be, but also how it can be used to guide people in a positive way.
Mon, 27 Feb 2012 07:23:56 GMTIn Two Sides of the Moon: Our Story of the Cold War Space Race Astronaut David Scott and Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov tell of their involvement in the space programs aimed at moon landings.
Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:13:22 GMTPortuguese irregular verbs is Alexander McCall Smith's story of Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, a German professor of philology, and of the mishaps he and his colleagues encounter in their lives.
Tue, 21 Feb 2012 10:15:44 GMTThe Perfumier and the Stinkhorn by Richard Mabey is a collection of short essays based on the BBC Radio 3 broadcasts The Scientist and the Romantic
Thu, 9 Feb 2012 10:09:51 GMTThe internet has had a vast impact on our lives but has it changed the way our minds work. How is the Internet changing the way you think?: the net's impact on our minds and future edited by John Brockman gives the responses of 154 of the Edge thinkers.
Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:33:04 GMTEnglish is becoming more and more global, but does this mean that it will drift away from what its current speakers would recognise? Will the way language is used on the Internet have more of an effect? In The Prodigal Tongue: Dispatches From The Future of English Mark Abley looks at such issues.
Thu, 26 Jan 2012 09:38:15 GMTTime has always been thought of as something of a mystery, especially when looking at the role of time and the development of the universe. In From eternity to here: the quest for the ultimate theory of time Sean M Carroll examines some of the problems related to time and the universe and discusses their possible resolutions.