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60 Second adventures in thought

The Open University has created six very interesting little videos that explain some of the most famous thought experiments.

Narrated by David Mitchell and animated in a friendly style, these 60 second videos are both fascinating and insightful.

From the 5th Century BC all the way up to the late 20th Century AD, these thought experiments have been devised by some of the greatest minds in history including German mathematician David Hilbert, French physicist Paul Langevin and of course the Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger.

1.The Paradox of the Tortoise and Achilles, generally considered to have been first devised by the 5th century BC Greek philosopher Zeno of Elea.

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written by Ant on Wednesday 19th October 2011
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Doctor Who Theme as never heard before

The very talented comedian Tim Minchin performed the Doctor Who theme tune at the BBC Comedy Proms and it sounds fantastic:

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written by Ant on Tuesday 18th October 2011
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SFGateway - the future of classic sci-fi

SF Gateway

While some publishers are bemoaning the drop in paper book sales, decrying the end of all things book related a few of the more forward thinking are embracing this shift in format and realise it for what it is - a simple change in the format of the book.

As I have said on a number of occasions I firmly believe there will always be a place for the paper version of the book but there is no doubt that e-books are here to stay and will undoubtedly become the largest medium for works of fiction.  One of these leaders in this digital revolution also happens to be the oldest in Britain, Gollancz.

With a distinguished history and an insatiable appetite for all things scien...

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written by Ant on Tuesday 11th October 2011
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Book of the Month October 2011

Book of the Month October 2011

This month was the hardest this year to choose a book of the month, I have read some absolutely incredible novels in September and most of those reviewed were worthy to be placed here.

In the end though there can be only 1 winner and Son of Heaven by David Wingrove just edged in over my other choice Perdido Street Station - both are incredible novels and worth being in anyones collection

Son of Heaven is the first volume in the re-imagined epic Chung Kuo series which is being expanded and re-written into 20 volumes.

Chung Kuo is primarily set 200 years in the future in mile-high, continent-spanning cities made of a super-plastic call...

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written by Ant on Friday 7th October 2011