As for one of my favourite parts of the story, though, scroll on…
Lewis Carroll and Alan Turing
One of my favourite parts of this story comes right at the end. Among the people who admired Carroll and was inspired by his work – his mathematics as well as his fiction, was the young Alan Turing, who borrowed from his school library at Sherborne both Alice books – Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass – and The Game of Logic (pictures are courtesy of Sherborne School archives).
Sherborne School also feature the anniversary, as well as the Turing connection in a post on their website, as well as in their letter to current students and alumni.
Haven’t had enough of Halloween, and fancy figuring out the science behind table rapping?
The Royal Institution, some brave volunteers, some fab academics and myself explore the neuroscience, medical history and social context of seances in Victorian Britain, and why involuntary muscle-action was a big deal!
Did it work though? And are all volunteers now possessed? Click the video and find out!
Thrilled that my – albeit slightly mortified – that my first audio book is now out in the open! Give it a listen! Here’s what Audible say:
“It’s easy to dismiss dreams as “just dreams”—incoherent visions, disturbing, odd images that don’t really mean anything much. But in stories, myths, and fables, dreams are vital. They’re often used as a literary device to provide insights and foreshadowing. Through the dreams in stories, we get to the heart of deep philosophical, scientific, and religious problems. Dreams allowed writers to transcend boundaries and confront things otherwise off-limits. ”
It was a real privilege to curate the Twitter Account of Real Scientists DE for a week, where I had the opportunity to elaborate on why interdisciplinary work is absolutely crucial in tackling effectively challenges that we face in Science & Science Communication, from Covid 19, to Mental Health, to Ecology and the Biodiversity Crisis.
Below is a summary of some of the threads I compiled during that week, from Insects, to the uses and shortcomings of “Father of Science Communication/ Evolution/ Chemistry” etc Narratives – and how we can engage different parts of the public in controversial or seemingly unattractive or even apparently irrelevant topics in #SciComm – and through what.
Please do feel free to refer to them in your own teaching, retweet and share – and do contact me if you’d like me to speak more about any of these subjects at your school, seminar or public engagement initiative!