Liveryman Silke Ackermann

Congratulations to Liveryman Silke Ackermann on new posting. Oxford University's Museum of the History of Science has appointed Dr Silke Ackermann as its new director. Dr Ackermann will take up her new role on 1 March 2014, succeeding previous director Professor Jim Bennett, who retired last year. Read more    

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YE NPL Mentoring Day

As part of our work with the Young Engineers we are trying a new approach to help the regional winners of the YE competition get ready for the competition at the Big Bang Fair  in March. With the guidance of Liveryman Simon Hall and the tremendous help from NPL all the regional winners were invited to spend a day at NPL. This took place on 29th November. 15 young people from all over the country received one to one mentoring on their project and also inputs on project management, marketing, business planning and intellectual property. They also toured four laboratories. Liverymen Jane Fishwich, Ken Sanders and Brian Fishwick gave some of the lectures. This was a fun day and it was very exciting to see the projects that these young people will bring to the NEC. The winner of the Young Engineer of 2014 will receive the WCSIM prize which funds their trip to the USA in May 2014 to take part in the International Science and Engineering Fair. Here is the link to the NPL press release. The students were given a pack of information to take away including this 'Winning With Your Project' document.

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  • " If anybody says he can think about quantum problems without getting giddy, that only shows he has not understood the first thing about them. "
    Niels Henrik David Bohr (1885-1962) Danish physicist.
  • " A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective. "
    Edward Teller
  • " I think science has enjoyed an extraordinary success because it has such a limited and narrow realm in which to focus its efforts. Namely, the physical universe. "
    Ken Jenkins
  • " If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate "
    Henry J. Tillman
  • " Nature composes some of her loveliest poems for the microscope and the telescope. "
    Theodore Roszak, Where the Wasteland Ends, 1972
  • " The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny..." "
    Isaac Asimov
  • " Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. "
    Wernher Von Braun
  • " Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men. "
    Jean Rostand
  • " Science is built up of facts, as a house is built of stones; but an accumulation of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house. "
    Henri Poincaré, Science and Hypothesis, 1905
  • " The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions. "
    Claude Lévi-Strauss, Le Cru et le cuit, 1964
  • " Facts are not science - as the dictionary is not literature. "
    Martin H. Fischer
  • " Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little; it is only its mathematical properties that we can discover. "
    Bertrand Russell
  • " DNA was the first three-dimensional Xerox machine. "
    Kenneth Boulding
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