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The evidence for evidence

Most great scientific advances take place before there is evidence for them. Scientists follow their hunches, then collect data which they hope will substantiate those hunches. Indeed, there is often evidence to substantiate the opposite view. That is what determines great scientific advances from mediocre...

Memoir of Ernst Gombrich – guest post by Richard Gombrich

The life and character – but not the achievements – of my father, Ernst Gombrich. My father, Ernst Gombrich, was born in Vienna on 30 March 1909. His father, Karl Gombrich, was a lawyer; his mother, Leonie, née Hock, was a famous piano teacher. In socio-economic terms, it was a typical middle-class...

Two cautionary tales

I’ve been bigging up interdisciplinarity and generalism as something we must look to provide in UK HE alongside more traditional subject/discipline-based degrees. The most viewed blogs that are closely related to these topics are here, here and here. However, in the interest of balance, there are two...