Henry Hobhouse’s book Seeds of Change: Five Plants That Transformed Mankind (now six, with the addition of cacao) contains the remarkable fact that at the height of the slave trade a single teaspoon of sugar cost six minutes of a man’s life to produce. Reason enough to cheer the abolition of slavery, I suppose. But that doesn’t mean that everything is sweetness and light in the business of sugar. Or salt. A photo gallery in The Big Picture made that very clear, and inspired Rachel Laudan, a food historian, to write in praise of industrial salt and sugar.
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To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin in 2009 and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, Melvyn Bragg presents a series about Darwin’s life and work. Melvyn tells the story of Darwin’s early life in Shropshire and discusses the significance of the three years he spent at Cambridge, where his interests shifted from religion to natural science. Featuring contributions from Darwin biographer Jim Moore, geneticist at University College London Steve Jones, fellow of Christ’s College Cambridge David Norman and assistant librarian at Christ’s College Cambridge Colin Higgins.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the eminent 19th-century scientist Michael Faraday. Born into a poor working-class family, he received little formal schooling but became interested in science while working as a bookbinder’s apprentice. He is celebrated today for carrying out pioneering research into the relationship between electricity and magnetism. Faraday showed that if a wire was turned in the presence of a magnet or a magnet was turned in relation to a wire, an electric current was generated. This ground-breaking discovery led to the development of the electric generator and ultimately to modern power stations. During his life he became the most famous scientist in Britain and he played a key role in founding the Royal Institution’s Christmas lectures which continue today.
Want to understand the appeal of fascist regimes? Watch/read science fiction.
AUTHOR BRUCE STERLING is best known for his futuristic science fiction, but he’s equally comfortable writing about the past. His new novella Pirate Utopia is an alternate history set just after World War I, and takes place in the real-life city of Fiume (now Rijeka), which experienced a brief period as an independent state run by artists and revolutionaries.
The prequel to the original and sequel to the prequels is here! ROGUE ONE made mad bank in theaters this weekend. But does it live up to the Star Wars seal of quality? We discuss the pros and cons of the first one-off in the franchise.
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What first attracted one of the world’s foremost astrophysicists to the night sky? Are we alone in the universe? And how can scientific thinking benefit us all?
How do we imagine the impossible? On today’s episode, we talk to physicists and writers (and writer-physicists) about this question. Along the way, we’ll touch on a range of topics, from how to detect gravitational waves to how the hippies saved physics, from the history of science to the metaphors of science, from the birth of the universe to the creation of poetry about the birth of the universe.
Featuring David Kaiser (physicist, MIT), Rae Armantrout (Pulitzer Prize-winning poet), Freeman Dyson (physicist and writer), and Brian Keating (astrophysicist, UC San Diego).
David Kaiser’s How the Hippies Saved Physics
Rae Armantrout’s Partly: New and Selected Poems, 2001-2015
Freeman Dyson’s Birds and Frogs: Selected Papers, 1990-2014
Summary and visualizations of the LIGO detection of gravitational waves
The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination on Facebook and Twitter
“Silmarillion,” “Lunar,” “Interludes,” and “Clockticks,” by Tapeworm Collective
“Hallon,” by Christian Bjoerklund
“A Strange Adventure,” by The Tleilaxu Music Machine
“nostalgia of an ex-gangsta-rapper,” by deef
“Industrial Swamp Singularity,” by Zreen Toys
“Serpico Goes to Shanghai (1970s version tension),” by Keshco
“Slow Lights,” by Lee Rosevere
“Night Lights,” by Ketsa
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Our first piece of audio fiction for June is "Immersion" written by Aliette de Bodard and read by Kate Baker.
Sci-fi writer Ted Chiang on his story’s ‘unconventional’ adaptation into the film Arrival - Home | q | CBC Radio
The hit sci-fi film Arrival is based on Ted Chiang’s short story, Story of Your Life.
Sci-fi and fantasy stories "can short-circuit our assumptions about the world around us," says author Ann Leckie.
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