Jack Harris

Painting the Forth Bridge

‘I heard him then, for I had just Completed my design To keep the Menai Bridge from rust By boiling it in wine.'

Nuclear Iran – The controversial issue of Iran gaining nuclear power

A few months ago the Deputy Editor of an Iranian newspaper rang me to ask if, as Vice-Chair of British Pugwash, I agreed that, Iran, as a signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, had every right to construct nuclear power stations and related facilities for peaceful purposes.

Unweaving a rainbow – Transparent materials and refractive indices

It is axiomatic that nothing can move faster than light, but it is worth remembering that this is only true for propagations in vacuo. In all natural transparent materials the...

A question of life or death – Radiation caused by atmospheric testing and Jesuit involvement in seismic stations

Following my August column, I am introducing another mathematical anecdote. In 1920 in the Ukraine, the Russian physicist Igor Tamm was captured by a band of Nestor Makhno supporters who...

Bringing power to the people – The disorder surrounding Britain’s electrical power industry

I ended my last column by asking how it came about that our electrical power industry, as it evolved in the decade and a half before and after the turn...

The numbers game – Degrees of separation and mathematical quirks

My article in the April 2007 issue of Materials World on the average number of acquaintances between any two random individuals has stimulated more interest than anything I have written...

Manufacturing a change – The decline of engineering, science and manufacturing in the UK

In my November 2006 column, I responded to news that the University of Reading's physics department was to close in a piece entitled ‘Physics at crisis point'. In the Guardian...

Indebted to one another – The Kyoto Protocol and greenhouse gas emissions

There is a scene in the recent TV docudrama on the last days of Robert Maxwell in which he tells his Board he is not worried by a £4 billion...

Right up your street – Carlton House Terrace, London, and the Institutes who reside on the street

The Royal Academy of Engineering has found a new home at 3 Carlton House Terrace, London, UK. It will have the Royal Society on one side at number 6 and...

The stepping stones of life – Degrees of separation

During the past decade and a half I have written about 160 columns for Materials World and its predecessors, and I am beginning to wonder how much longer I can...

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