These talks are always on my list for Christmas/New year viewing, and this year they're about computers. Last night's first lecture by Chris Bishop, chief research scientist at Microsoft Research in Cambridge and professor of computer science at the University of Edinburgh, was a promising start to what looks like being a fascinating series.
The second lecture is at 7:15 tonight on Channel Five.
I was a willing (????) volunteer on stage at the RI lectures many years ago when Eric Laithwaite gave his series of lectures on gyroscopes. He was a big man but this belied his very schoolboy-like attitude to all the strange things he was making happen. A very pleasant memory.
I remember Eric Laithwaite demonstrating the 'floating train' technology using a track and induction in the theatre. Very impressive. Was Lecturing Engineering at Manchester University, and certainly helped me!
It was the lecture on gyroscopes that first got me interested in this series.The programme was demonstrating how a gyroscope could store energy and there was a mat laid across the studio floor with the end raised.The gyroscope was spun upto speed and then dropped onto the mat,it hit the roof of the studio!