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An epic history of science in the Soviet Union, following the scientists who survived Stalin's rule and helped to reshape the world Scientists throughout history, from Galileo to today's experts on climate change, have often had to contend with politics in their pursuit of knowledge. But in the Soviet Union, where the ruling elites embraced, patronized, and even fetishized science like never before, scientists lived their lives on a knife edge. The Soviet Union had the best-funded scientific establishment in history. Scientists were elevated as popular heroes and lavished with awards and privileges. But if their ideas or their field of study lost favor with the elites, they could be exiled,...read more
Sightlines (abridged). Written and read by Simon Inglis. Simon Inglis was a sports fan with a mission. Fed up with being labelled an 'anorak', yet repeatedly led astray by the glimpse of a grandstand across a crowded city, in the late 1990s he travelled the world in search of some deeper meaning behind his fascination. What is it, he asked, about men and neatly-edged turf, and about Irish priests and hurling? Why are two cricket grounds in Mumbai so close together? Why do freeloaders revere Chicago's Wrigleyville, and what can we learn about crowd management and bladder control from the bullfights in Pamplona? Full of insight, wit and questionable accents, Sightlines conjurEs up spectacles...read more
Ciudad de los Estadios (City of Stadiums) travels around the football grounds of Buenos Aires abridged from Sightlines - a Stadium Odyssey. Written and read by Simon Inglis. As soon as football writer Simon Inglis read the quote he knew what had to be done. 'We have more stadiums than public libraries,' reported a Buenos Aires newspaper, bemoaning illiteracy rates amongst the city's football fundamentalists. Digging deeper, Inglis calculated that Buenos Aires has indeed more football grounds than other city in the world. So it was that in 1998 he set off, armed with a map the size of a double bed and accompanied by a River Plate fanatic who happened also to be a pyschotherapist. From the...read more