Adam Hart-Davis

Adam Hart-Davis discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Adam Hart-Davis is a freelance writer and lecturer – former presenter on television of Local Heroes, Tomorrow’s World, What the Romans (and others) Did for Us, How London was Built, and many other series. He has collected various awards for both television and radio, as well as four medals and 14 honorary doctorates.

He has read several books, and written about 35, most of them about science and history.He spends a lot of time hacking at green wood, making chairs, tables, bowls, and spoons

He is a member of many associations, including the Association of Pole-lathe Turners, and the British Toilet Association.

He lectures on diverse subjects, from Toilets and history to Are we alone in the universe? and has given more than 100 talks, to audiences ranging from The Royal Society, The Royal Institution, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers to schools, small local history groups, and the captive audiences on cruise ships.

He lives in south Devon with his wife Sue Blackmore, two cats, and four chickens.

1. Sandy Bain and the fax machine https://electronics.howstuffworks.com/gadgets/fax/history-of-fax.htm

2. Colin Pullinger and his mousetrap https://www.inventricity.com/local-heroes-colin-pullinger

3. The skating stones of Racetrack Playa https://www.livescience.com/37492-sailing-stones-death-valley-moving-rocks.html

4. The short stories of Somerset Maugham https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v31/n24/miranda-carter/no-more-alimony-tra-la-la

5. Fibonacci’s rabbits https://plus.maths.org/content/fibonacci-sequence-brief-introduction

6. If you haven’t tested it, it doesn’t work https://www.kguttag.com/2013/08/10/if-you-havent-tested-it-it-doesnt-work/

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