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Peter Forbes

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Peter Forbes is is a science writer whose work has appeared in New Scientist, The Guardian, The Times, Scientific American and New Statesman, among others. His latest book, co-authored with Tom Grimsey, is Nanoscience: Giants of the Infinitesimal (2014). He lives in London.

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Sunshine in a bottle

Peter Forbes

Vaclav Smil, Bill Gates’s favourite author, has pointed out that such enormous infrastructure changes always take around 50 years. This was true even of the revolution initiated by the transistor, which had no obvious impediment to realising its potential. But if you read the financial pages, you’ll see that the money is starting to back a shorter timescale for the change. It’s unlikely fossil fuels will be obsolete in a generation but the energy mix in the economy will be very different.

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Galileo’s reputation is more hyperbole than truth

Peter Forbes

It’s not a minor point that Galileo was a great writer. He belongs to a noble Italian tradition of one culture, not two, which includes Lucretius, Leonardo, Primo Levi and Italo Calvino, besides Galileo. It’s tradition that the Anglo-Saxon world could take more notice of.

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