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...
Books
10 November 2003
You would have needed a heart of stone not to shed tears of helpless laughter. As Concorde completed its final...
Books
06 October 2003
The last time I reviewed a book by Susan Greenfield I was broadly sympathetic, sympathetic enough, in fact, to be...
Culture
16 June 2003
The British Museum was 250 years old on 7 June. Among many other celebrations, two are especially worth mentioning....
Books
27 January 2003
Placebo is Latin for "I will please". In medicine it has come to mean a treatment - a sugar pill or saline injection -...
International Politics
06 January 2003
The words fill my headAnd fall to the floorIf God's on our sideHe'll stop the next war. For Bob Dylan, writing in the...
Books
28 October 2002
I once spent a week in Blackpool with Alex Higgins. He wasn't really a hurricane by then - this was 1995 - more of a...
Books
30 September 2002
The point about science is that it has a history. It is the only truly accumulative human activity and, consequently,...
Books
08 July 2002
Sleep is a distress purchase in the modern world. Like filling up with petrol or going to the dentist, it is an...
Politics
14 January 2002
Dignity is best served when grief is honoured by silence. There is, therefore, nothing that should - or can - be said...
Food and Drink
19 November 2001
At once it has to be said that this is a much, much better book than A Brief History of Time, its prequel. A Brief...
Food and Drink
01 October 2001
The first thing to be said about this book is that, although readable and well written, it is weirdly unbalanced. It...
Politics
17 September 2001
The biggest stories are often those that are most weirdly underplayed. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of...

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