Books
05 July 2010
The key to this bold and mighty biography is that word, high, in the title. The phrase "high finance" is...
Books
16 April 2009
The first time I met Lewis Wolpert he tried to kill me – intellectually, that is. He almost succeeded. I was defending...
Music and Performance
26 February 2007
In my customarily prolonged hypnopompic condition on Saturday morning, I became aware that there was a government "...
Books
03 July 2006
Erythropoietin is a hormone produced by the body in reaction to low blood oxygen levels. It increases the number of red...
Society
10 April 2006
British jurors are offered an alternative when they are sworn in. Either they can swear on the Bible or any other holy...
Books
11 July 2005
Journeying into the mind of Philip K Dick is a risky undertaking. Even when he wasn't totally, officially crazy, he was...
Economics
09 May 2005
There are few things more exhilarating than the authoritative endor-sement of human ignorance. It resolves an...
Books
29 November 2004
Between 1895 and 1898, H G Wells wrote four science fiction masterpieces - The Time Machine, The Island of Dr Moreau,...
Books
05 July 2004
Books, like newspapers, require headlines. Life, however, has none. Headlines are thus eye-catching lies or, at the...
Books
07 June 2004
Barry Schwartz writes: "Because of a ubiquitous feature of human psychology, very little in life turns out quite as...
Books
26 April 2004
Reassessing all human culture on the basis of the latest insights of contemporary science is, self-evidently, a stupid...
Books
15 March 2004
The Space Shuttle looks what it is - a costly, inept, ugly, compromised failure to engage with the physical realities...
Ideas
23 February 2004
After 50 years, the search for artificial intelligence (AI) has gone nowhere. We know a lot more stuff now, but it is...

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