Event: Rising to the Climate Challenge: Artists and Scientists Imagine Tomorrow’s World

This event looks like an interesting collaboration between the Royal Society (celebrating it’s 350 year anniversary this year) and the Tate Modern in mid-March. As you would expect from the Royal Society, their line up of speakers is pretty impressive, and I am sure it won’t disappoint. I’ve seen Professors Corinne Le Queré (UEA) and … Continue reading

Why the magic bullet?

‘Technology is […] a queer thing. It brings you gifts with one hand, and stabs you in the back with the other.’ CP Snow, New York Times (1971) Magic bullets, by their very nature, are reductionist. By simplifying problems within the complex systems that we live in – the biosphere, the economy, society itself – … Continue reading

The story of Der Freischütz

Set in a mountainous and thickly wooded Bohemian landscape in the 17th century, Der Freischütz tells the tale of Max, a young gamekeeper. Max is in love with Agathe, daughter of the head ranger to Prince Ottokar. To win her hand, an ancient custom requires Max to prove his skill as a marksman on the … Continue reading

The history of the magic bullet

On a particularly cool summer’s day in June 1907, Professor Paul Ehrlich , a brilliant German scientist and physician stood before his peers and delivered his third Harben lecture to the Royal Institute of Public Health, London. In it, he outlined his theory on magic bullets – a drug that could to pin point a bacteria or virus, destroy it, leaving everything else untouched.

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