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Self Made Things 5

Jonathan Miller
In the final programme in the series, Jonathan Miller brings the story of reproduction and generation up to the present. He hears first from Nobel prize-winner Sir Aaron Klug who describes the work done by Crick and Watson in 1953 to identify the chemical structure of deoxyribonucleic acid, better know as DNA, which they represented as a double helix.

The Chambers - 1

Radio 4
First of two programmes which go behind the elegant facades of legal London to meet the barristers, clerks and staff of Outer Temple Chambers, one of London's leading law chambers, as they prepare for the biggest upheaval in their history: the full implementation of the 2007 Legal Services Act. Due to be fully implemented in 2012, the Act will produce greater competition in who can provide legal services. Many of the cosy arrangements of the past will be swept away, and barristers will need to show that they can provide the service and value for money that the public wants.
Radio-Recordings%%%Politics & Public Policy%%%Law

The Lopsided Universe - Life Through the Looking Glass

Frank Close
There's an ass in mythology that stood equidistant between two bunches of carrots. One on its left, the other on its right side. The ass, unable to choose between left and right, starved to death. Luckily for us, life made a decision and didn't perish like Buridan's ass. The molecules that make living things are all handed. What's more they all have the same handedness - but why? Frank Close finds out how a French chemist found the clue to this conundrum at the bottom of a glass of wine a hundred and fifty years ago.

The Reith Lectures 2005 - 01 Collaboration

Lord Broers
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 date that could be substantiated to within a decade by the form of the oak beams that comprised its floors and ceilings. These had been shaped by iron blades that only lasted about ten years. Being someone of the present rather than the past I had not previously been much preoccupied with history but living in the splendid oak structure - like a fine sailing vessel that had gone aground - inspired me to wonder what had preoccupied the technologists and scientists of that age...
Radio-Recordings%%%Business & Management%%%Economics & Finance%%%Engineering%%%Anthropology

Voices from the Old Bailey. Episode 3: Children

Amanda Vickery
Professor Amanda Vickery presents dramatised extracts from gripping Old Bailey court cases from the 18th century and discusses with fellow historians what they reveal about the period. In episode 3, Amanda Vickery listens to the voices of young children who found themselves in court.


A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

Yiyun Li , Harper Perennial , 2006
In this prize-winning collection of short stories, Yiyun Li brings us a modern China facing up to a complex history of repression and guilt. In "Extra", a Chinese woman, alone in middle age, befriends a young boy and we see how love begins to overcome the strictures that dominate their lives. In "Immortality" a young man bears a striking resemblance to the Dictator, and so finds a strange kind of calling.
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Notes From A Small Island

Bill Bryson , Black Swan , 1996
Bill Bryson is an unabashed Anglophile who, through a mistake of history, happened to be born and bred in Iowa. Righting that error, he spent 20 years in England before deciding to repatriate: "I had recently read that 3.7 million Americans according to a Gallup poll, believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another, so it was clear that my people needed me." That comic tone enlivens this account of Bryson's farewell walking tour of the countryside of "the green and kindly island that had for two decades been my home."
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The Last English King

Julian Rathbone , Abacus , 1997
In 1066, a "jumped up little Norman and his bunch of psychopaths" cross the water and alter the course of English history. Three years later and Walt, King Harold's only surviving bodyguard, is still emotionally and physically scarred by the loss of his king and country. Wandering through Asia Minor, headed vaguely for the Holy Land, he tells his extraordinary story.
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Reading Strategies

Reading Skills for the Social Sciences

Louann Haarman, Patrick Leech & Janet Murray , Oxford University Press , 1988
The aim of this book is to help improve the reading skills of intermediate students of English who need those skills for social science disciplines at university. The texts used in the book are chosen from a wide range of social science disciplines such as politics, psychology, history, sociology and economics.
Reading Strategies

Special Interest

A Dictionary of Contemporary World History: From 1900 to the present day

Jan Palmowski , Oxford University Press , 2008
This authoritative dictionary provides in-depth coverage of major recent historical events, from 1900 to the present day. It includes country entries for every country in the world, with maps and historical summaries.
Special Interest

A History of British Art

Andrew Graham-Dixon , BBC Books , 1996
This book tells the story of art in Britain since the Middle Ages. It shows how the British are a deeply visual people, making and breaking images through the centuries to strengthen their hopes and hatreds and, occasionally, to reveal themselves as they really are.
Special Interest%%%Art & Design

A History of Reading

Alberto Manguel , HarperCollins Publishers , 1996
This history of reading discusses all aspects associated with the act, including how we read, the first kinds of reading materials and the development of books, and how books are written, translated, and enjoyed.
Special Interest%%%Art & Design

A Short Account of the History of Mathematics

W.W. Rouse Ball , Dover Publications , 1960
This is a new printing of one of the honored histories of mathematics of all time. When the last revised edition appeared in 1908, it was hailed by mathematicians and laymen alike, and it remains one of the clearest, most authoritative and most accurate works in the field.
Maths%%%Special Interest

A World History of Art

Hugh Honour & John Fleming , Laurence King Publishing , 2009
For over a quarter of a century this art historical tour de force has consistently proved the classic introduction to humankind's artistic heritage. From our Paleolithic past to our digitized present, every continent and culture is covered in an articulate and well-balanced discussion - a broad and epic canvas that omits none of the fine detail.
Special Interest%%%Art & Design