Posts Tagged ‘BBC Wales’

The evening before last (Tuesday the 1st of March) I was on the programme Science Cafe on BBC Radio Wales talking about 10 Physicists Who Transformed Our Understanding of the Universe, the book I co-wrote with Brian Clegg. I was interviewed by Adam Walton, who presents this weekly science programme. We discussed how the book came about and then ran through the 10 physicists in the list. You can listen to the programme via the BBC iPlayer by following this link (it will be available on the iPlayer until the end of March; it will also be re-broadcast on Radio Wales on Sunday 6th March at 6:30am GMT)


I discussed our book 10 Physicists Who Transformed Our Understanding of Reality on BBC Radio Wales’ weekly science programme Science Cafe. The book was co-written with Brian Clegg

As you can see from the screen capture above, the ten in the list (it is not our list, it was taken from The Observer newspaper) are

  1. Isaac Newton
  2. Niels Bohr
  3. Galileo Galilei
  4. Albert Einstein
  5. James Clerk Maxwell
  6. Michael Faraday
  7. Marie Curie
  8. Richard Feynman
  9. Ernest Rutherford
  10. Paul Dirac

Thirty minutes was not enough to talk in any detail about any of the ten, but I hope it gave the listeners a nice taster of the fascinating characters whom we write about in each chapter. The book has been available since early December. You can order a copy by following this link if you are in the UK, and this link if you are in the US.

At the BBC studios in Cardiff recording this interview for Science Cafe

I am currently in Namibia (see my blog from Tuesday), and recorded the interview in the few days between getting back from a 3-week trip to the USA and leaving to give talks on a cruise in South America. The broadcast of the interview was delayed a little as Science Cafe had recently done a programme about antimatter, and as Paul Dirac is one of the physicists in the list the producers decided to leave a few weeks pass before its broadcast.

Last night (Wednesday the 2nd of March) I gave a talk about ‘the oldest light in the Universe’ (the Cosmic Microwave Background – the subject of another of my books) to the Swakopmund Scientific Society here in Swakopmund (Namibia). I will give a summary of that talk next week when I am back in Cardiff.

You can also find out more about 10 Physicists Who Transformed Our Understanding of the Universe by following this link.

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The annual 6 Nations rugby tournament starts this Saturday, and Wales are in a position to make rugby history. They could become the first country in over 100 years to win 3 championships in a row, having won in 2012 and 2013. Not even the celebrated Welsh side of the 1970s achieved this feat, despite their many accomplishments.

Wales start their campaign with a home game against Italy, who since joining the Championships in 2000 have consistently been the weakest team. Having Italy first is not a bad thing for Wales, as we notoriously start the Championships slowly. The Wales fixture list for the 2014 6 Nations is as follows

  • Wales v Italy (in Cardiff) – Saturday 1st of February at 14:30
  • Ireland v Wales (in Dublin) – Saturday 8th of February at 14:30
  • Wales v France (in Cardiff) – Friday 21st of February at 20:00
  • England v Wales (in London) – Sunday 9th of March at 15:00
  • Wales v Scotland (in Cardiff) – Saturday 15th of March at 14:45

So, as can be seen from the fixture list, Wales have 3 home games and 2 away games. Although I very much hope Wales can make it 3 Championships in a row, I have a fear that it will be England’s year, and I am not just saying that to agree with 1970s rugby legend Barry John.


England looked very good in their Autumn tests, even in their defeat to New Zealand. Wales, on the other hand, had a mixed Autumn series with two wins, a narrow defeat to Australia and a 9-point defeat to South Africa. Warren Gatland has named a squad which includes 8 players who are still injured. However, one of those injured players, Jamie Roberts, it named for Saturday’s game so is hopefully over his injury. Apart from changes forced by injury, Gatland’s team against Italy is what everyone expected, and shows how settled a team the Wales side has become.

As always, expectation is high in Wales. BBC Wales runs advertisements for the 6 Nations in the lead up to the competition, and currently the advertisement they are running is below. It features their campaign to get Welsh fans to know the words to one of the hymns sung at the Wales games – the hymn Calon lân, which means “A pure heart”.

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