Thursday, March 16, 2006

Next Generation Science

I'll be running a workshop with long-time British Council collaborators in London next week. It's with a group of british and dutch schoolchildren. Programme is here Next Generation Science - London Programme - British Council Netherlands

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


I just downloaded FreeMind - free mind mapping software and it seems incredibly user-friendly, relatively unbuggy, and free.

PNAS paper out

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

BBC - Radio 4 - Broadcasting House

BBC - Radio 4 - Broadcasting House had me as part of a relatively novel take on the mirror neuron story, wondering whether empathy has moral consequences. You can probably get the RealPlayer version this week, or the mp3 for a while. It's from about 37 minutes in.

Friday, March 10, 2006 article/62

Amusing diversion on the life-cycle of the scientist: article/62: "The final stage of development is the Permanent Position. Well, actually it’s less of a developmental stage, which by definition should occur as a pre-programmed event, and more akin to the quest of Frodo to destroy the Ring, in which you think he couldn’t possibly ever succeed in a million years and then he manages it by a series of freaky events too coincidental to occur outside the realms of Middle Earth."


BBC World Service | Science in Action has a bit about the dyscalculia and a demo of Fulvia's DART paradigm. You can listen here, starting at 6'40".

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Spinning Science

Along with British Council Norway and The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters I'm organising a one day workshop on how the press cover scientific controversy. You can read my notes on the programme here.

Brain scans explain maths problem

Brain scans explain maths problem is a BBC piece about a paper which we finally got out after various delays. It uses a clever stimulus invented by Fulvia Castelli to look at the difference between seeing 'how many' and 'how much'.

The Creating Brain

The Creating Brain debate will carry an archived broadcast of a debate last night about creativity and genius. It's a book by Nancy Andreasen, and she was talking with Ken Arnold from Wellcome, David Barrie from the Arts Fund and me. Chair was Tim Radford, former Science Editor of The Guardian.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Mathematical beauty seems like another lovely exhibition I missed. It was on at Lauderdale House in London recently, and seems to have captured some of the beauty I found in mathematical forms when I studied it.