THIS WEEK'S ILLUSTRATION
Using images to imagine twinned prime numbers capturing water. By Emily Kasriel
MEET THE GUESTS
What’s the answer to the problem of global water shortage? Leading Indian environmentalist SUNITA NARAIN joins us from Delhi to suggest innovative solutions for water conservation, such as rain water harvesting, that draw on India’s past traditions.
American-British physicist and historian of science ARTHUR I MILLER is fascinated by the point at which creative thinking in science and art meet. He explores the critical role of visual imagery in scientific breakthrough and the bond between scientific genius and the unconscious mind, in his book recounting an exchange of ideas between Nobel prize-winner Wolfgang Pauli and founding father of psychoanalysis Carl Jung.
New Italian novelist and physicist PAOLO GIORDANO joins us from Turin to reveal how prime numbers and particle physics inspired his award winning novel and the illuminating way he has used them to interpret human nature.
60 SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD
ARTHUR I MILLER seeks to explode the myth that multi tasking is either possible, or beneficial. He states that cognitive science has repeatedly shown you can only really concentrate on one thing at a time and the most ideas that the human brain can actually consider, and then not at the same time, is two. Children have been conned into thinking they can answer emails at the same time as studying, checking out their Facebook page on the internet and texting their friends. Arthur says if you turn off your i-pod, disconnect your Facebook site and think hard about the thing you are trying to focus on doing, you will be a more creative person and probably a more relaxed one too.Listen to this idea...
Arthur I Miller and Bridget Kendall
RECORDING THIS WEEK'S FORUM
Photos by Tim JoklListen to this idea...
IN NEXT WEEK'S PROGRAMME
South African judge ALBIE SACHS reflects on how making judgements can transform a society.
Professor of Politics, ARCHIE BROWN explains why the collapse of the Soviet empire in 1989 was a case of top-down transformation.
American feminist ELAINE SHOWALTER charts the revolution of pioneering women writers.