2005 Reith lectures: Lecture 5 Risk and Responsibility

*Lecture 5: Risk and Responsibility * http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/reith2005/lecture5.shtml Almost exactly 93 years ago tonight, on 15 April 1912, over two thousand terrified and bewildered people found themselves with little warning drifting or drowning in the ice-cold…


2005 Reith lectures: Lecture 4 Nanotechnology and Nanoscience

*Lecture 4: Nanotechnology and Nanoscience * – http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/reith2005/lecture4.shtml Since time immemorial people have been entranced by structures of great size. From the Colossus of Rhodes and the Great Pyramid, themselves no mean technical achievements, to…


2005 Reith lectures: Chapter 3 Innovation and Management

Lecture 3: Innovation and Management http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/reith2005/lecture3.shtml When Ralph Waldo Emerson reputedly and memorably said that the world would beat a path to the door of a person who made a better mousetrap, he was perhaps…


2005 Reith lectures: Chapter 2 – Collaboration

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/reith2005/lecture2.shtml When I returned to this Engineering Department from the USA in 1984 my wife and I bought an historic and wonderful house some ten miles south of Cambridge. It was built around 1520, a…


2005 Reith lectures: Chapter 1 – The Triumph Of Technology

If you are interested in science and technology and support the ideals
of good public radio, you may be interested to know that the BBC is MP3s
and transcripts of the famous Reith lectures
. If you’re not
familiar with these always enlightening and sometimes controversial
broadcasts, the history and pedigree of these lectures is explained here
. This year’s
Reith Lecturer is the distinguished engineer, Lord Broers
, who is President
of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Chairman of the House of Lords
Science and Technology Committee.

This year?s series is called The Triumph Of Technology