By Jade Fell When they first met at an arts festival, Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec realised that they had been living oddly parallel lives:. Both were residing in a foreign country – Giorgia had moved from her native Italy to New York and Stefanie, originally from Colorado, was living in London. They were the same age were both only children and, most importantly, they were both obsessed by data. Stefanie and Giorgia have spent their lives collecting and organising information from the world around them. As a child, Stefanie delighted in filling in scorecards with her father at baseball … Continue reading Book review: Dear Data – Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec
By Jade Fell ‘Humans were born armed’ is the premise to the next of our Very Short Introduction series of reviews, War and Technology, which seeks to trace the combined history of, you guess it – war and technology. Some of you may take issue with the statement – how can a human be born armed? It is interesting to note however, that weapons formed from natural material and used to defend, hunt and fight, have been around before the first Homo sapiens, back to the time of archaic proto-humans. In the 19th century, Jurist Sir Henry Maine famously commented … Continue reading Win! Book review and giveaway: War and Technology A Very Short Introduction – Alex Roland
It is often cited that we are living in an information age. Gone are the days of trawling through text books and library archives to find the material to complete your latest homework assignment. The internet possesses all the information you could ever need – and then some. Pick up your smart phone or connect to your computer and you have a wealth of data available at your fingertips. While it’s true that it is incredibly easy to look up facts on Google, it’s not so easy to remember any of them. Some have argued that having such a wealth … Continue reading Book review: Head in the Cloud: The Power of Knowledge in the Age of Google – William Poundstone
By Louise Fox Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a child, excited by science for the first time again? Well now you can with the science museum’s newest release ‘This Book Thinks You’re A Scientist’. The interactive book explores seven key scientific areas, including force and motion, electricity and magnetism, earth and space, light, matter, sound, and mathematics. Through a series of creatively and quirkily illustrated prompts, readers are encouraged to engage in their own hands-on experiments and explore science by questioning everything. It’s a great way for your children to spend the afternoon, out in the … Continue reading Book review: This Book Thinks You’re A Scientist
By Jade Fell “There’s a well-known saying, ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ and in Cambridge, you could say ‘it takes a cluster to raise a company.’” For nearly 40 years, a technological powerhouse has been growing in the English countryside. Nestled on the southern tip of East Anglia, Silicon Fen, also known as the Cambridge Cluster, may pale in popularity to its older, wiser sibling – Silicon Valley in California – but is of no less importance locally and indeed, globally. Widely acclaimed as a centre of excellence for knowledge and education, Cambridge is ranked as the … Continue reading Book review: The Cambridge Phenomenon: Global impact – Kate Kirk and Charles Cotton
There’s still just time to get a next day delivery order in ahead of Fathers’ Day in the UK this Sunday, and what could be better than a book? Regardless of what greeting card designers may believe, not all Dads … Continue reading Fathers’ Day gift ideas: car books for the Top Gear and EV fans
In a bid to battle the homogenisation of books, three published authors have joined forces to establish ‘Unbound’, a company that allows readers to help publish the books they want to read. The founders of the company, Dan Kieran, Justin Pollard and John Mitchinson, have an impressive mix of experience under their belts: between them they have authored 18 books, write 4 regular columns in national press and have worked in television, feature films (including Atonement, The Boy in Striped Pajamas and Elizabeth) and naturally, publishing. Feeling that modern-day publishing houses are rejecting original book ideas in favour of producing … Continue reading Could the Future of Publishing Lie in the Past?