BioMaster of Arts, Cambridge writer and teacher. Interests: Cosmology, Philosophy, Theology, Literature, Music, Politics and Science.
What if D-Day Had Failed?
When Group Captain James Stagg of the Royal Air Force (RAF) met Eisenhower on the evening of 4 June, he and his meteorological team were unable to give him a firm enough assurance that the weather would improve enough for the invasion to proceed on 6 June.
Liverpool, Birkenhead, and the Mersey
Liverpool is a world city, famous for its port, native wit, football, music, and culture. Birkenhead is essentially part of the same city, although (like Buda and Pest) separated by a river (the Mersey in this case) It is, nevertheless, connected by two tunnels, the ferry, and a unique culture.
Thank goodness today's natural philosophers have their fancy tools at hand when it comes to proving their theories and letting us know just what's what. Imagine the embarrassment of say, Aristotle, were he to be resurrected and held accountable for some of his ideas about the nature of things; notably his belief that the world was composed of four elements — Earth, Air, Fire and Water, as you all well know.
Cambridge is referred to as the City of Perspiring Dreams. The Varsity Cambridge University is big, small, old, modern, stupid and clever — all at the same time. Ancient traditions exist alongside innovation; solitary thinkers burn the midnight oil, while others attack each other with pokers. It's that kind of place.