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THINKING ALLOWED
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Thinking Allowed
Wednesday 16:00-16:30
Laurie Taylor discusses the latest social science research.
21 January 2009  repeat 26 January
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HOLE IN THE WALL
Vikras Swarup, the author of the novel which inspired the movie Slum Dog Millionaire, recently revealed he was inspired by the Hole in the Wall project in Delhi which installed a computer in a Delhi slum. The project leader behind that Hole in the Wall experiment, Sugata Mitra, who is currently Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University, reveals how children teach themselves how to use digital technology.

VICTORIAN LIGHT
Imagine the impact of gaslight on the once dark nights of Victorian Britain..“As I walk about the streets by night, endless and always suggestive intercommunings take place between me and the trusty, silent, ever watchful gas.  Gas to teach me; gas to counsel me; gas to guide my footsteps, not over London flags, but through the crooked ways of unseen life and death”, that was George Augustus Sala in 1859.

Laurie Taylor is joined by Chris Otter, assistant professor of Modern European History at the Ohio State University, and Lynda Nead, Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London, to discuss the political history of gas, how did people react? What affect did its yellowy hue have on the ambitions of police and government?
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Sugata Mitra
Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University

Christopher Otter
Assistant Professor of Modern European History at the Ohio State University

The Victorian Eye: A Political History of Light and Vision in Britain, 1800-1910

Christopher Otter
Publisher: Chicago University Press (7 November 2008)
ISBN-10: 0226640779
ISBN-13: 978-0226640778

Professor Lynda Nead
Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London

Victorian Babylon: People, Streets and Images in Nineteenth Century London
 
Lynda Nead
Publisher: Yale University Press (11 October 2000)
ISBN-10: 0300085052
ISBN-13: 978-0300085051

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