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ahb: Ripper Nerdology
"Ripper books can be either atrocious or endlessly fascinating. There is no in-between. "
history  crime  britain 
may 2011 by tsuomela
When Hari Kunzru met Michael Moorcock | Books | The Guardian
"In contrast to the rural decencies of Tolkien, Moorcock's writing belongs to an urban tradition, which celebrates the fantastical city as a place of chance and mystery."
sf  fiction  literature  urbanism  fantasy  britain  1960s  counter-culture  hippies 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Wikileaks: the truth is not treason | openDemocracy
The central problem, it seems, is that this “corruption of governance” runs so deep.  It is embedded within the very DNA of the political class and has been for generations, hence the high-level, across the board political resistance and opposition to the brand of total transparency advocated by Wikileaks. 
wikileaks  democracy  secrecy  corruption  britain 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Table of Contents — September 20, 2010, 64 (Suppl 1) — Notes & Records
This special issue of Notes and Records contains a selection of papers from a ground-breaking conference which brought together leading scientists and historians of science to examine, from personal experience and from archival and other sources, how the Royal Society has developed during the 20th century and the impact it has had on science in and beyond the UK.
science  history  20c  professional  associations  royal-society  britain 
august 2010 by tsuomela
The making of Winston Churchill : The New Yorker
Churchill’s real legacy lies elsewhere. He is, with de Gaulle, the greatest instance in modern times of the romantic-conservative temperament in power. The curious thing is that this temperament can at moments be more practical than its liberal opposite, or than its pragmatic-conservative twin, since it rightly concedes the primacy of ideas and passions, rather than interests and practicalities, in men’s minds. Churchill was a student of history, but one whose reading allowed him to grasp when a new thing in history happened.

What is most impressive about his legacy, perhaps, is that he is one of the rare charismatic moderns who seem to have never toyed with extra-parliamentary movements or anti-liberal ideals.
history  politics  biography  britain  Churchill  Winston 
august 2010 by tsuomela
The Royal Institution of Great Britain | Home page
This is the Royal Institution, where science meets the world.
At the RI you can explore two centuries of great scientific breakthroughs, and discover the newest big ideas about our universe and everything in it.
We're a museum, an events space, a place to eat and drink, and much more.
science  lectures  education  research  museum  britain  uk 
april 2010 by tsuomela
The Royal Society - the UK's national academy of science
The Royal Society, the national academy of science of the UK and the Commonwealth, is at the cutting edge of scientific progress.
science  research  uk  britain  education  society  history  technology 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Informatics@Edinburgh: Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Software Engineering
The University of Edinburgh views Informatics as a discipline central to a new enlightenment in scholarship and learning, and critical to the future development of science, technology and society. In the age of information, computing technology is changing the ways we work and play. Informatics is changing the way we think.

The School brings together research in Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence. It provides a fertile environment for a wide range of interdisciplinary studies, leading to this new science of Informatics.
academia  artificial-intelligence  cognitive-science  computer-science  software  informatics  school(UEdinburgh)  britain  foreign  europe 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Emergent Properties (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Emergence is a notorious philosophical term of art. A variety of theorists have appropriated it for their purposes ever since George Henry Lewes gave it a philosophical sense in his 1875 Problems of Life and Mind. We might roughly characterize the shared meaning thus: emergent entities (properties or substances) ‘arise’ out of more fundamental entities and yet are ‘novel’ or ‘irreducible’ with respect to them. (
emergence  philosophy  reference  science  history  britain  terminology 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Talk Science
TalkScience is a series of events hosted by the British Library, providing opportunities to inform, engage, debate and network with scientists and all those who use scientific information.
science  podcast  audio  event  library  data-curation  taxonomy  britain 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Mind Hacks: Weaving a history of psychiatry from states of mind
BBC Radio 4 have just concluded a fantastic five part radio series called States of Mind on the history of psychiatry in the UK since the 1950s, covering the death of the asylum, to the age of Prozac, to visions of the future.
documentary  psychology  britain  history  20c  radio 
february 2009 by tsuomela

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