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The Harwell Dekatron Computer is a very early digital computer designed and built by the Electronics Division at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at...... more
The Harwell Dekatron Computer is a very early digital computer designed and built by the Electronics Division at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell. It went into service in 1952 with the dual aims of augmenting the computing power available to the Theoretical Physics Division and to act as a test-bed for new components of interest for nuclear instrumentation. The computer used 'Post Office' relays for control and sequencing, and Dekatron counting tubes and cold-cathode trigger tubes for storage and arithmetic. Although slow, roughly equivalent to a skilled operator with a mechanical desk calculator, it was capable of unattended continuous operation. After several years service at AERE, it passed to the Wolverhampton and Staffordshire College, where it provided hands-on experience of computer programming for students and local school-children. Later, it was displayed at the Birmingham Museum of Science and Industry, and then held in store for some 30 years. In 2009 it was transferred to The National Museum of Computing for restoration to full working order by the Computer Conservation Society.
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: Some funny moments Disadvantages: Bit limited.
...and with the imminent return home from military school of his bullying older brother Chet the two decide to perform an experiment to create the perfect girlfriend using their computers. When a power surge sends things haywire they are confronted by their own creation Lisa, played by Kelly Le Broc, as the super sexy creation whose powers will change their lives.
This is a very eighties film and it does have its...
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: Its free entry and your chilren learn as they play Disadvantages: A nightmare to get to, very busy at peak times
...of animation, Telecommunications, Weather and Time Measurement. There are no food and drink facilities on this floor.
Second Floor: Computing, Docks and Diving, Energy, Inside the Spitfire, Ships and Marine Engineering. There is no cafeteria on this floor.
Third Floor: Flight, Flight café area, Health matters, In future, Motion ride Simulator, On Air, Science in the 18th century.