Jack Harris

Prince Philip, Robert Hooke and Climate Change

A few weeks ago, over pre-dinner drinks at the Royal Society, I was debating with two old friends whether Fred Hoyle or Desmond Bernal had been the more deserving of...

Takeovers and Britain’s poor industrial performance

In the December 2005 issue of Materials World , I wrote about Britain’s failure to invest in industrial R&D. The most recent international R&D scoreboard, published annually by the Department...

The significance of luck in scientific discoveries

In an interview in the Guardian , Woody Allen said that he was amazed that so few people recognise the dominant role that luck plays in their lives. Napoleon certainly...

Availability of uranium and nuclear power

There are about 10 12 tonnes of uranium in the top kilometre of the earth's crust. It is just as well that this is so, as the heat from the...

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