Science Shambles

Blue Dot Festival Special Part 1


Recorded at the Blue Dot Festival at Jodrell Bank, Robin chatted with various people about the great works of science and science fiction. And also some Mills & Boons. Robin and Josie kick things off and then our guests include physicist and professional pointer at wondrous things, Professor Brian Cox, Rosetta project scientist Dr Matt Taylor, space scientist Professor Monica Grady and actor, comedian and science writer Ben Miller. Because this episode was recorded in a large field where a music festival was also taking place, there is often a bit of background noise. Sorry about that.



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Reading List

Robin recommends:

The work of Charles Darwin

The work of Thomas Huxley

The Demon-haunted World: Science As a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan

Why Does E=mc² by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw

The Quantum Universe: Everything that can happen does happen by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw

Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan

Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut

The Challenge by Kerry Allyne

Rash Intruder by Angela Wells

Stormy Vigil by Elizabeth Graham

It’s Not Rocket Science by Ben Miller

William Blake: A Man Without A Mask by Jacob Bronowski

Josie recommends:

The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes

Brian recommends:

Cosmos by Carl Sagan

Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality by Max Tegmark

Forces of Nature by Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen

Matt recommends:

The novelisations of Star Trek and Star Wars

Monica recommends:

Nightfall by Isaac Asimov

Laudato Si by Pope Francis

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

The work of Iain M Banks

The work of Terry Pratchett

Ben recommends:

The Aliens are Coming! by Ben Miller

The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski

Relativity: The Special and the General Theory by Albert Einstein

I Think You’ll Find It’s a Bit More Complicated Than That by Ben Goldacre

The work of Richard Feynman

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