Month: February 2008

Richard Feynman Lectures

Richard Feynman (1918-1988) was one of the greatest theoretical physicists of the last century. His official website, Feynman Online, describes him as: “scientist, teacher, raconteur, and musician.  He assisted in the development of the atomic bomb, expanded the understanding of quantum electrodynamics, translated Mayan hieroglyphics, and cut to the heart of the Challenger disaster.  But …

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Has science made religion redundant?

Rev Dr Sir John Polkinghorne, physicist and theologian, comes to Scotland on 28 February to give the second of the James Gregory lectures at St Andrews University, a series studying the theme of science and religion.“Science is essentially asking why things happen and of course it’s been very successful in answering that question, but it’s not …

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Watch out for Bone Kickers

The BBC is to air a new TV drama based on the heady world of the archaeologist. According to Polly Hill, the BBC’s commissioning editor for independent drama, said Bone Kickers would make history and archaeology “sexy, accessible and exciting”. Our Introduction to Archaeology tutor, Howard Middleton-Jones, is yet to admit whether the series is …

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Not Fit for Purpose

The University of the Third Age, which says adult education policy is “not fit for purpose,” complains that “lifelong learning has become a euphemism for ‘working lifetimes learning’ and adult education for third-agers is seen as no more than a marginal activity.”More in Education Guardian… 

Flat Earth News

A new book out, Flat Earth News, takes a good look at journalism nowadays, arguing that newspaper stories are often recycled pieces or, as Roy Greenslade in the Guardian describes the book: “it amounts to a full-frontal assault on the newspapers for routinely publishing dodgy stories.” <br />   <img src=”″ alt=”” /><br />

The NCS Blog

We have a blog. We’ve taken a while to get round to setting one up, but we have finally taken the plunge. What we didn’t want to do was to create a blog just for the sake of having a blog. After all, there are millions of blogs out there: what would be the point …

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