Marian Diamond (1926-2017) was an American neuroscientist. Her work changed scientific understanding of the brain from being a static organ that generated with age to one that could be affected by experiences. As she so well put it: “Use it or lose it.” In examining four chunks of Einstein’s brain, which she said looked like… Read More Like a diamond …
“I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions. Occasionally, I find an answer.” Stephen Hawking If ever a reason to continue to be curious, this must be it. Professor Hawking studies the universe. And he has a brain of equal size to it. If he’s… Read More Only occasionally?
If only I’d been any good at maths, I might have been a scientist. But I wasn’t, and I’m not. So when the world of popular science opened up a few years ago, I devoured what was being written by a range of very patient authors who gave more than a nod to people like… Read More Back to basics . . .
Ages ago, I heard someone say . . . “I don’t think the universe should be set up to accommodate my personal preferences” I wish I’d made a note of who said it. I’ve kept it ever since as a reminder of a rather lovely, modest commentary. An opportunity to remember that there are others… Read More You’ll LOVE this . . .
My guilty pleasure? Well, now I think of it, I’ve got more than a few. There’s my addiction to spending most of my disposable income on my Kindle … buying The Telegraph on a Saturday because I’m convinced the cryptic crossword is a little easier on that day (yes, once, I did finish it) …… Read More Working it out . . .
I like words. I learnt some new ones the other day: data rot and link decay. Ouch. I’m guessing they made it into the dictionary fairly recently, or at least into a more technical dictionary than the one I’m used to. And if you were wondering, they roughly translate as this:… Read More Looking after you . . .
I’m re-reading Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder’s “novel about the history of philosophy,” and there’s a lovely moment early on in Sophie’s journey when she suggests: “Grownups took the world for granted. They had let themselves be lulled into the enchanted sleep of their humdrum existence once and for all.” She challenges her… Read More Let curiosity get the better of you . . .