Tagged: Sagan

Onward to the Edge - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Feb 05, 2012

I think  this clip from Symphony of Science identifies one of the things that motivates scientists – pushing our existing knowledge to (and beyond) the edge of what is known. And it is just as relevant to chemistry, biology, physics or psychology, as it is for astronomy or astrophysics. In chemistry, we push beyond the edge by discovering and creating … Read More

“Just So Science” – The Feynman Hypothesis - Just So Science

Elf Eldridge Nov 23, 2011

In preparation for giving one of the talks I am required to give to complete my PhD, I’ve been reviewing some of the greatest physics stories. Given that my particular field of research is nanotechnology, it’s little wonder that my favourite at the moment is Richard Feynman’s “There’s plenty of room at the bottom” speech that he first gave on … Read More

Carl Sagan – Science Communicator Extraordinaire - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Sep 08, 2011

I’ve just been reading a biography about Carl Sagan by Ray Spangenburg and Kit Moser. It is a fascinating story and gives some insight into his fantastic ability to communicate science. In my opinion, Dr Sagan was the most powerful science communicator of the 20th century (though David Attenborough would be a close second). There was something about … Read More