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The New Optimists: Scientists View Tomorrow's World & What it Means to Us - Keith Richards
"The New Optimists is the most exhilarating of books. It looks to the future, not with rose-tinted glasses, but with a clear vision, aware of difficulties and...... more
"The New Optimists is the most exhilarating of books. It looks to the future, not with rose-tinted glasses, but with a clear vision, aware of difficulties and challenges yet convinced that research and experiment can help the human race to overcome them." Excerpt from the Foreword by Jenny Uglow In the late eighteenth century, a small group of scientists gathered in Birmingham to form the Lunar Society, a debating group of scientists, artists, philosophers and businessmen. Their vision changed the face of the world. Today's inheritors of this vision, over 80 medics, life scientists, engineers, chemists, computer and digital media scientists, environmental and energy experts have combined in The New Optimists to share with us their view of the world and what the future holds. And the future is positive. The New Optimists takes us on an exhilarating journey into the minds of some of the UK's leading scientists and reveals just how much is happening in our research centres and universities, driving towards the common good. From tackling the big challenges, such as curing cancer, to living in harmony with our environment, the book reveals how scientists are breaking new barriers as they overcome obstacles to progress. From the role of behaviour in human health to role of science in society, The New Optimists opens your mind to the endless possibilities of focused and responsible research - and helps us face the future with confidence.
John McCabe, perhaps uniquely for an author, is both a research geneticist and a club DJ. His worlds collide in this stylishly engaging debut novel in which...... more
John McCabe, perhaps uniquely for an author, is both a research geneticist and a club DJ. His worlds collide in this stylishly engaging debut novel in which science (the title comes from the utterly predictable courtship routine of the stickleback), street life and good old male angst are all energetically combined. Ian Gillick likes routine. Slaving over a database in Birmingham, Ian's job is to track the £300 billion that pass every day through the hands of investment companies in the City of London. For Ian, routines were "cruise control journeys through mundanity"; his way of making it through days spent in a claustrophobic office with an obsessive Star Trek fan and nights usually spent alone. But routines can go wrong. One morning breakfast goes awry--the habitual orange juice, weak tea and three pieces of toast and marmalade just don't do the trick--and things are never the same again. Ian's shabby but, just, in control world is transformed into a sinister and decidedly out of control one. Drink, computers, love and the petty agonies of office life all feature in this darkly amusing novel as Ian finally finds something worth breaking out of his rut for--the perfect crime. --Nick Wroe
Advantages: Good job prospects Disadvantages: It's tough!
...This is from another female computer science student.
I came as a mature student, so was more willing to stand up formyself.
The ratio here is 1 female : 10 males.
I was perhaps fortunate that in being a bit older I certainly wasn't hit on, and in general wasn't given any sexist comments. It was noticible, though, that if you had to go to see a lecturer about something that it was always "Oh...
Advantages: Plenty to see, a relaxing escape from the city. Disadvantages: Expensive for a one-off visit. Disappointing restaurant.
...Every city need its green spaces. The architecture may be spectacular and the shops fantastic, but finding a place to escape the traffic and bustle is a necessity for most city dwellers. Picture Birmingham and what do you see? The Bullring, New Street Station and Spaghetti Junction would be the first things that come to my mind. Although I've never lived in Birmingham itself, I worked there...
Advantages: Great Cuisine, great service, sophisticated environment, good value Disadvantages: A bit noisy at peak times
...On a family visit to my stepson who is at Birmingham University we wanted to arrange a nice meal for his birthday. We fancied an Indian restaurant and found ?Pushkar? in TripAdvisor which was rated very highly. As it was central and quite close to the University we decided to give it a go.
The restaurant advertises itself as a Restaurant and Cocktail bar specialising in Punjabi and North...