Tagged with inventions

Secrets of Silicon Valley BBC2

Secrets of Silicon Valley BBC2

This is the first of 2 documentaries by blogger Jamie Bartlett whose intelligent, low key investigation of the big tech companies are seen to be very different to what they claim. He visits Silicon Valley, the main source of so many inventions that claim will improve our lives, but he finds they are based on … Continue reading

Sarah Guppy (1770-1852) Inventor

Sarah Guppy (1770-1852) Inventor

Until recent times, women were incredibly restricted in what they were allowed to learn, and to achieve. Most had to make do with dabbling in the fine arts or literature, so when one breaks through into the world of engineering, she really must have been special. Sarah was born in Birmingham, and married a wealthy … Continue reading

Missing: Dead Animals

Missing: Dead Animals

I just got a brilliant book from my favourite shop – The Last Bookshop on Park Street. It’s called ” Bats sing, Mice Giggle, The Surprising Science of Animals’ Inner Lives” by Karen Shanor and Jagmeet Kanwal.  I will not go into asking why so many good US academics have unusual nanes, but this book … Continue reading

Never the Twain Shall Type

Never the Twain Shall Type

 Mark Twain is famous for many things, but few people know his ‘Tom Sawyer was the first typescript in literary history. He bought his Remington  in 1874, but he was not a total convert to the machine.  Because he soon sent a letter to  the typewriter manufacturer, all in capital letters as this early version did not do … Continue reading