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.
Taking a break and making very sure I'm around for these lectures.
I try and watch them very year, but this is the first year I've been able to make sure I don't *have* to work at the allotted time.
The first two have been excellent in my view and if these don't encourage potential computer scientists and engineers, I don't know what will. Certainly, there were no lack of volunteers from the kids.
is about software, and should be pretty interesting.
It must be quite difficult to explain something as complex as, for instance, how a CPU circuitry is etched onto the surface of a silicone wafer to an audience of children. My wife watched the first lecture with me, and when it got to the part about how the various etching masks are washed off she said she was finding it hard to follow.
Possibly the right way to judge the success or otherwise of the series is to watch all the talks - later on Chris Bishop will undoubtedly talk about some of the stuff he's working on for the future, and that should prove very interesting.