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Oh, the Irony

Thomas Jones: Ian McEwan, 25 March 2010

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by Ian McEwan.
Cape, 285 pp., £18.99, 0 224 09049 6
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... Beard is a Nobel Prize-winning physicist in his fifties. But it’s been thirty years since Richard Feynman hailed Beard’s research as ‘magic’ at the 1972 Solvay Conference, and the Beard-Einstein Conflation – the details of which are for obvious reasons left vague, though it has something to do with ‘the interaction of light with ...

Let’s call it failure

John Lanchester: The Shit We’re In, 3 January 2013

... that, broadly speaking, is what is happening right now. People are sitting on that first tenner. Richard Feynman was once asked what he would pass on if the whole edifice of modern scientific knowledge had been lost, and all he could give to posterity was a single sentence. What axiom would convey the maximum amount of scientific information in the ...

The Darwin Show

Steven Shapin, 7 January 2010

... bulldog’, the Oxford emeritus professor for the public understanding of science, Richard Dawkins, has been called his unmuzzled rottweiler; according to Dawkins, Darwin’s idea wasn’t just a great one (‘the most powerful, revolutionary idea ever put forward by an individual’), it is essentially the only idea you need to explain life ...

Britain’s Thermonuclear Bluff

Norman Dombey and Eric Grove, 22 October 1992

... of modern physics for their contributions to quantum electrodynamics: three of the ‘titans’, Feynman, Schwinger and Tomonaga, were to receive the Nobel Prize for this work in 1965. Subsequently Ward collaborated with Abdus Salam of Imperial College on a series of papers on the unification of weak and electromagnetic interactions for which Salam (and two ...

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