The International Astronomy Show

13 May, 2013

Nikki and I are looking forward to spending Friday and Saturday in Warwickshire at the International Astronomy Show. We'll be looking around the forty or so stands and listening to many of the talks.

I'll being giving one on each day myself and hope to see many familiar and new faces. Come and talk to me afterwards at my book stall and if you are kind enough to buy one of my novels or other publications, I'd be delighted to sign it. If you don't, I'll enjoy chatting to you anyway!

On Friday I'll be giving the latest version of Do we need a new theory of gravity, a talk I am forever updating as new ideas are put forward and new results come to light. The short answer is 'yes' but I'll string it out for an hour starting at 2 o'clock!

Then on Saturday morning at 11.15 I'll be talking about The Day without Yesterday based on my trilogy of novels dramatising the lives and times of the greatest astronomers. This talk will look at Albert Einstein and the origin of the Big Bang theory.

Details of my talks can be found here

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Skylab's 40th anniversary reminds us of the danger from space debris

13 May, 2013

I have a new post on Across the Universe, my astronomy blog for The Guardian.

“Nasa's Skylab fell to Earth after budget cuts left it stranded in space. More than three decades later we are still struggling with the threat from space debris

Today Nasa will commemorate the 40th anniversary of Skylab, America's first space station, launched on 14 May 1973. In a televised discussion, Skylab astronauts, a current astronaut and agency managers are expected to discuss its legacy and the future of manned space flight. ...”

You can read the full post here.

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The Day without Yesterday reviewed on Lablit

12 May, 2013

Novelist Pippa Goldschmidt has reviewed The Day Without Yesterday for the great website Lablit.

“I’ve read and reviewed the two earlier books in this trilogy and have been very impressed by the way Clark weaves together the stories of different historical characters into a coherent whole, not only getting across the revolutionary nature of their discoveries but also presenting them in the historical context to show how their contemporaries (mis)understood their findings.

This latest book doesn’t disappoint. ...”

You can read the full review here.
Pippa’s review of The Sensorium of God is here
Pippa’s novel, The Falling Sky can be bought here.

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Isaac Newton

17 April, 2013

Last October I spoke about The Sensorium of God at the Wigtown Book Festival in Scotland and one of the most fun things that happened while I was there was meeting photographer Kim Ayres. He was assembling a collection of images he was taking of writers posing as one of their favourite  characters.  I agreed to dress up as Isaac Newton. He auditioned three apples and when he was happy with our partnership he snapped away.

If you’d like to see Kim's thoughts about the result, you'll find them here:

And on Facebook:

thanks, Kim!

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Are great scientists always heretics?

11 April, 2013

As readers of my novel, The Sensorium of God know, Isaac Newton was an arch heretic. Ahead of tonight’s BBC2 documentary about Isaac Newton, the BBC invited me to choose five ‘heretic’ scientists whose courage and determination I find inspiring:

“Great scientists change the way we view the world.

Doing that usually means smashing an old, entrenched idea - often making enemies in the process. Before being proven and accepted, a great theory can be subjected to harsh criticism and its proposer can be mocked, rejected, even vilified.

Sometimes a religious authority is on the attack, other times it's the scientist's colleagues - either way it takes special determination to stick to an idea others believe is clearly wrong.
The genius of the lucky ones is recognised in their lifetime but some are venerated only posthumously.

Here are five of my greatest scientific heretics. I find their courage inspiring. Some have become household names, while others still remain in relative obscurity. ...”

You can read the full article here.

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Dark matter as elusive as ever – despite space station results

04 April, 2013

New observations from an experiment on the space station confirm a strange antimatter signal but take us no closer to an explanation

I have a new post on my Across the Universe for The Guardian.

“The first data from the $2bn Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) experiment on the International Space Station has confirmed a strange antimatter signal coming from space. However, the experiment has not yet collected enough data to allow scientists to determine the source of this antimatter.

It could be coming from dark matter particles, making this a major breakthrough. Or it could be coming from fast-spinning stellar corpses known as pulsars, making it merely interesting. ...”

You can read the full post here.

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