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Horizon - Where's My Robot? (Signed)

BBC ,
Danny Wallace really wants a robot. He wants it to walk like him and talk like him. It's what scientists have been promising us for generations but it's a promise so far unfulfilled. Danny circumnavigates the globe searching for robot nirvana and trying to uncover how far away his dream is.





Dictionaries

Harrap's French and English Data Processing Dictionary

Claude Camille & Michel Dehaine , Harrap Ltd
This dictionary provides a useful guide to a wide scope of terminology from the fields of data processing, electronics, electrical engineering and telecommunications. This edition was published in 1985 so coverage of the latest developments in information technology is not included

Films

Azúcar amarga

Leon Ichaso ,
Gustavo is a young Havana Communist who believes in the revolution; he hopes for a scholarship to study aeronautical engineering in Prague...

Lectures








Radio Recordings


In Our Time - Genetic Engineering

Melvyn Bragg ,
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the implications of the developments in genetic engineering. With Grahame Bulfield, geneticist, honorary professor, Edinburgh University and Director of the Roslin Institute, Edinburgh; Bryan Appleyard, features writer for The Sunday Times and author of Brave New Worlds: Genetics and the Human Experience.In_Our_Time/Graham Bullfield and Brian Appleyard - Genetic Engineering.pdf

Small Worlds - 01 Engineering at the Atomic Scale

Philip Ball ,
Nanotechnology has become a big buzzword – so much so that the stockbrokers Merrill Lynch has created an index to track investment in the newly burgeoning industry. But others are concerned. Prince Charles, taking a lead from the environmental group ETC, has expressed concerns where this ‘atomtech’ may lead. The environmentalists see it as a step beyond genetic engineering.

Small Worlds - 02 Why Worry?

Philip Ball ,
The environmentalist ETC group has warned that nanotechnology (or ‘atomtech’ as they describe it) poses “horrendous social and environmental risks”. It was that group's report, The Big Down, which prompted the Prince of Wales to ask the Royal Society to look into the impacts of nanotechnology.


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...RLA_2005_2_Collaboration.pdf

The Reith Lectures 2005 - 03 Nanotechnology and Nanoscience

Lord Broers ,
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 the mighty Cunard 'Queens' built here in Glasgow, and whichever is transiently the tallest building in the world, beholders have gaped at the gigantic. One simple attraction has been that of comparative scale, so many times the size of a man or a horse or of Nelson's column, as popular illustrations used to show. It was easy for the bystander immediately to apprehend the vast size of these objects...RLA_2005_4_Nanotechnology_and_Nanoscience.pdf

The Reith Lectures 2005 - 04 Risk and Responsibility

Lord Broers ,
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 North Atlantic. Only 712 of them survived that night. They were, of course, the passengers, officers, and crew of the White Star steamship Titanic, and they were in a sense victims of 'failures' of technology…RLA_2005_5_Risk_and_Responsibilty.pdf

The Reith Lectures 2005 - 05 Technology will Determine the Future of the Human Race

Lord Broers ,
Four thousand years ago, just 5 miles north of present day Thetford, our Neolithic ancestors began what may have been the largest early industrial process in these islands. This is the site that the Anglo-Saxons called 'Grimes Graves' and it contains nearly four hundred mine-shafts, built to extract high-quality flints, which could be chipped to produce sharp cutting edges. Using nothing but tools of bone and wood and presumably the flints themselves, these ancient people excavated to a depth of up to twelve metres, to reach the buried flints. It has been calculated that the miners needed to remove 1000 tonnes of waste to produce eight tonnes of flint. The site covers nearly 40 hectares and the whole project is astonishing...RLA_2005_1_Technology_will_Determine_the_Future_of_the_Human_Race.pdf

The Reith Lectures 2005 -02 Innovation and Management

Lord Broers ,
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 being unduly optimistic, but at least he realised that the mousetrap had to be made and that it would not be sufficient merely to have an idea, or even a patent, for a better mouse trap. Ideas have to be proven to be useful, and the world told about them, before any paths are beaten. Profound changes have taken place in the development of ideas and their translation in to the market place and in my third Reith lecture I argue that this innovation revolution demands a new approach to research and product development...RLA_2005_3_Innovation_and_Management.pdf

Special Interest

Measurements and their Uncertainties - A Practical Guide to Modern Error Analysis

Ifan G. Hughes & Thomas P.A. Hase , Oxford University Press
This hands-on guide is primarily intended to be used in undergraduate laboratories in the physical sciences and engineering. It assumes no prior knowledge of statistics. It introduces the necessary concepts where needed, with key points illustrated with worked examples and graphic illustrations. In contrast to traditional mathematical treatments it uses a combination of spreadsheet and calculus-0based approaches, suitable as a quick and easy on-the-spot reference. The emphasis throughout is on practical strategies to be adopted in the laboratory.

Oxford English for Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (Answer Book with teaching notes)

Eric H. Glendinning & Norman Glendinning , Oxford University Press

TV Documentaries

A History of the World - The Birth of Steam

BBC 4 ,
A series of documentaries examining the history of local people, places, inventions and events that changed the world. Adam Hart-Davis tells the remarkable story of Thomas Newcomen, the Devon man who invented the world's first working steam-powered engine.

A History of the World - Unlocking the Midlands

BBC 1 ,
Chris Tarrant discovers how one simple invention revolutionised the industrial heart of Britain. He travels by narrow boat to see how the Brindley Lock created a canal network that would transform the Midlands from rural backwater to industrial giant.

All Our Working Lives: Cutting Coal

BBC 4 ,
Coal had powered Britain's industrial rise, with her mills and furnaces, railways and steamships depending on it. In the peak years a million men laboured in the mines, many in poor and dangerous working conditions like those contributor Dick Martin found when he began as pit boy aged 14.