Posts Tagged ‘R.Roberts’

Review – “Seven Days in the Art World” by Sarah Thornton

Review – “Seven Days in the Art World” by Sarah Thornton

Rohan Roberts, 9 July 2013
Who has not gnashed their teeth in anger at some of what passes for art in recent years? Who has not convulsed with despair at the obscene amount of money spent by collectors? Who has not tried desperately to decipher that blurry line where art ends and junk begins? […]

Review – ‘How to Create a Mind’ by Ray Kurzweil

Review – ‘How to Create a Mind’ by Ray Kurzweil

Rohan Roberts 7 July 2013
Ray Kurzweil is probably the boldest, most famous and controversial of the futurists today. In his new book, ‘How to Create a Mind,’ he tackles such difficult subjects as the nature of consciousness, the creation of artificial intelligence, metacognition, and reverse-engineering the human brain.

Review – ‘ Edge of the Universe’ by Paul Halpern

Review – ‘ Edge of the Universe’ by Paul Halpern

A fantastic romp along the frontiers of modern cosmology – and beyond. Halpern makes us wonder about our place in the vast universe, both in space and time, and marvel at the mystery of dark matter, dark energy, extra dimensions, parallel universes, and so much more. — Cliff Pickover

Review – ‘Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think’ by Peter Diamandis

Review – ‘Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think’ by Peter Diamandis

Rohan Roberts, 18 March 2013
Just when we think we thought we’d reached the dregs of how bad things can possible get for the human condition, along comes a book that slaps seven shades of sense into all the doomsdayers, naysayers, and ecclesiastic soothsayers.

The Tell-tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes us Human

The Tell-tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes us Human

Review by Rohan Roberts 4 January 2013
The sobriquets that have been bestowed upon V. S. Ramachandran are many: Wizard of the Brain; a modern Brocca; the Galileo of neuroscience; …. Eminent biologist, Richard Dawkins, calls V. S. Ramachandran, a ‘Latter-day Marco Polo.’

Film Review: Barton Fink

Film Review: Barton Fink

By Rohan Roberts, 1 Dec 2012
‘Barton Fink’ is a movie in the mould of ‘Mulholland Drive’ and ‘Adaptation’. If you aren’t interested in symbols, metaphors, and allegorical explanations, then it might be best to give this movie a skip.

Book Review: ‘How the Mind Works’ by Steven Pinker

Book Review: ‘How the Mind Works’ by Steven Pinker

By Rohan Roberts, 1 Oct 2012
Let’s get this out of the way: How the Mind Works does not do what it says on the box – id est, it doesn’t answer the question of how the mind works.

Film Review: ‘Blow-Up’

Film Review: ‘Blow-Up’

Rohan Roberts, 17 August 2012
Don’t watch ‘Blow-up’ if you are easily bored. Don’t watch ‘Blow-up’ if you like your hero to ride out into the sunset as the credits roll. Don’t watch ‘Blow-up’ if you prefer your movies Americanised with neat endings, supersized with special effects, and served to you on a platter all neatly packed with a generous portion of McHollywood drama.

The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos – Brian Greene

The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos – Brian Greene

Rohan Roberts, 18 May 2012
Brian Greene’s new book doesn’t disappoint. Once again, he’s delivered the goods—complete with ribbons of multiverses, bows of doppelganger particles, and baubles of parallel dimensions.

Review – The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World

Review – The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World

Rohan Roberts, 4 May 2012
“Brain the size of Birmingham, ego just as big,” is how one reviewer describes David Deutsch. Why? Because in his latest book the frighteningly intelligent Deutsch has the temerity to disagree with the likes of Richard Dawkins, David Attenborough, and Jared Diamond—all three luminaries in the field of science. […]

Schuberg Humperdinkle Plays Something New

Schuberg Humperdinkle Plays Something New

Rohan Roberts, 27 January 2012
Schuberg Humperdinkle was a teenage musical genius. If you grabbed hold of all the musicians in the world and tossed them in a heap he’d be right there at the top of the pile.

A New Awakening

A New Awakening

Rohan Roberts, 11 January 2012
It took them a surprisingly long time to figure out that they were living in a universe that was just one bubble in a vast surging cosmic ocean filled with other bubble universes.

Jayala and her Alternative Medicine

Jayala and her Alternative Medicine

Rohan Roberts, 7 Jan 2012
Jayala Scattersmith was in thrall with alternative medicine. All it took to get her undying, unwavering support for any medical treatment was to tell her it wasn’t mainstream. If it was unconventional, she loved it. If it was unorthodox she embraced it. If it was flaky, funky, or freaky, she adored it.

Occultation of the Moon

Occultation of the Moon

Rohan Roberts, 10 December 2011
The Lunar eclipse is not really an eclipse. It’s an occultation of the moon.

Leonid Meteor Shower Camping Trip

Leonid Meteor Shower Camping Trip

Rohan Roberts, 24 November 2011
An account of the overnight camping trip to the desert made by the Winchester Astronomy Club to observe the Leonid Meteor Shower.

I Wish You…

I Wish You…

Rohan Roberts, 18 November 2011
I wish you lazy afternoons
Staring at your bookshelf,
Wondering what to read
Next.

Claire and the Super-massive Schwarzschild Black Hole

Claire and the Super-massive Schwarzschild Black Hole

Rohan Roberts, 28 October 2011
Claire knew her time had come. But she was not going to be shoved down the precipice of eternal sleep. Rather, she chose to jump wilfully and with full control of her faculties.

Keats and his Awful Rainbow

Keats and his Awful Rainbow

Rohan Roberts, 9 October 2011
A defence of reason and wonder.

Katie and the Stars

Katie and the Stars

Rohan Roberts, 15 April ’11

Katie stared at the night sky. It was a majestic sight. The celestial empire stared back with infinite splendour and infinite indifference.

Last Morning in Saint Petersburg

Last Morning in Saint Petersburg

Rohan Roberts 31 March ’11
The bright summer nights of Saint Petersburg had kept Nathan awake for nigh on three weeks now. He cursed softly as the alarm on his mobile phone rang its annoying, nondescript chime.

On Beauty and Colours

On Beauty and Colours

Rohan Roberts, 15 March ’11
Does beauty truly lie in the eye of the beholder? Do the objects of the universe have an inherent beauty that lies beyond the need for human apprehension? To what extent are we genetically predisposed to consider something beautiful? Do we truly have free will in our apprehension of beauty?

Extraordinary English Results by Winchester Students!

Extraordinary English Results by Winchester Students!

Rohan Roberts, HOD English
21st August, 2010

How did 18 students doing the IGCSE English as a First Language paper ALL score an A* or A? What does it take to achieve a top grade in English in the IGCSE Exams?

Are aliens among us?

Are aliens among us?

Rohan Roberts, 27 June ’10
What do we make of claims of alien abductions? Are there little green men who walk among us? How would we communicate with aliens? How likely is the possibility of life outside the bounds of our tiny planet?

Lesson Plans in Voodoo

Lesson Plans in Voodoo

Rohan Roberts, 17 June ’10
How would a sceptical and sophisticated science teacher like Mr. Manoj react to the possibility that someone was trying to put a hex on him? That is exactly what Mr. Green and Mr. Roberts set out to discover.

Useless Knowledge

Useless Knowledge

Rohan Roberts, 15 June ’10
Is there some knowledge that is useless? Should the pursuit of understanding have a utilitarian goal? How do we decide what knowledge is useful? Is ignorance really bliss?

On Altruism

On Altruism

Rohan Roberts, 5th June 2010
Why do we help others? Are humans inherently good or evil? How do we reconcile our cooperative behaviour and our violent aggression? Why do we put our lives at risk to save strangers?