Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Telling Science Stories

08.05.2002


Biomed Central launches a multimedia resource of the most significant scientists of the 20th century

BioMed Central is pleased to announce the launch of Science Archive, a new multimedia resource consisting of extensive autobiographical video recordings with some of the most important scientists of the last century. The service is launching with the audiovisual autobiographies of two giants of modern biology, Sydney Brenner and John Maynard Smith with other scientists to be added later in the year.

The videos of these interviews are available from the BioMed Central website (www.biomedcentral.com/sciencearchive) and can be viewed using QuickTime. The website is launching as a freely accessible site to allow public testing of the service before it becomes a subscription based service.



In the first series of videos, recorded in about 13 hours during the spring of 1994, Sydney Brenner recounts his life story from his modest beginnings, living in his father’s shoe shop in South Africa, to the heights of becoming director of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. Brenner has contributed enormously to the fields of molecular and developmental biology over the past 50 years. Famously, he identified ’messenger RNA’, which is crucial for converting the genetic code of DNA into proteins. Later, shifting direction in his research, he pioneered the use of the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans as a model organism for developmental biology, an animal that is now the focus of work for thousands of researchers across the globe.

In the second series of videos, recorded in about 5 hours during April 1997, John Maynard Smith tells the story of his life, from his childhood interests in natural history through to his involvement with the communist party and his rise to become one of the most respected evolutionary biologists of his time. Maynard Smith is best known for his use of mathematical analyses in biology and in particular for the application of game theory to evolution and animal behavior. Game theory analyzes complex situations in which the best strategy of one player depends on the actions of another. Smith incorporated game theory into the study of how natural selection acts on different kinds of behavior. His use of mathematical ideas in evolutionary biology has been enormously influential and has led to a greater understanding of interactions among living things.

Sydney Brenner told his life story to the eminent biologist and renowned scientific communicator, Lewis Wolpert whilst John Maynard Smith relayed his story to Richard Dawkins, the author of The Selfish Gene.

Over the course of the year, further autobiographical video recordings will be added to Science Archive including the life stories of Edward Teller, Hans Bethe and many other biologists, mathematicians and physicists.

Gordon Fletcher | BioMed Central
Further information:
http://www.biomedcentral.com

More articles from Communications Media:

nachricht High Number of Science Enthusiasts in Switzerland
05.02.2018 | Universität Zürich

nachricht Between filter bubbles, uneven visibility and transnationality
06.12.2017 | Schweizerischer Nationalfonds SNF

All articles from Communications Media >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: In best circles: First integrated circuit from self-assembled polymer

For the first time, a team of researchers at the Max-Planck Institute (MPI) for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, has succeeded in making an integrated circuit (IC) from just a monolayer of a semiconducting polymer via a bottom-up, self-assembly approach.

In the self-assembly process, the semiconducting polymer arranges itself into an ordered monolayer in a transistor. The transistors are binary switches used...

Im Focus: Demonstration of a single molecule piezoelectric effect

Breakthrough provides a new concept of the design of molecular motors, sensors and electricity generators at nanoscale

Researchers from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS (IOCB Prague), Institute of Physics of the CAS (IP CAS) and Palacký University...

Im Focus: Hybrid optics bring color imaging using ultrathin metalenses into focus

For photographers and scientists, lenses are lifesavers. They reflect and refract light, making possible the imaging systems that drive discovery through the microscope and preserve history through cameras.

But today's glass-based lenses are bulky and resist miniaturization. Next-generation technologies, such as ultrathin cameras or tiny microscopes, require...

Im Focus: Stem cell divisions in the adult brain seen for the first time

Scientists from the University of Zurich have succeeded for the first time in tracking individual stem cells and their neuronal progeny over months within the intact adult brain. This study sheds light on how new neurons are produced throughout life.

The generation of new nerve cells was once thought to taper off at the end of embryonic development. However, recent research has shown that the adult brain...

Im Focus: Interference as a new method for cooling quantum devices

Theoretical physicists propose to use negative interference to control heat flow in quantum devices. Study published in Physical Review Letters

Quantum computer parts are sensitive and need to be cooled to very low temperatures. Their tiny size makes them particularly susceptible to a temperature...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

2nd International Conference on High Temperature Shape Memory Alloys (HTSMAs)

15.02.2018 | Event News

Aachen DC Grid Summit 2018

13.02.2018 | Event News

How Global Climate Policy Can Learn from the Energy Transition

12.02.2018 | Event News

 
Latest News

Contacting the molecular world through graphene nanoribbons

19.02.2018 | Materials Sciences

When Proteins Shake Hands

19.02.2018 | Materials Sciences

Cells communicate in a dynamic code

19.02.2018 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>