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Who is Adam Hart-Davis? by Katherine_B on 5 August 2005 5:17pm
Here's a little about Adam Hart-Davis from his site:

I was born on 4 July 1943, and work as a freelance photographer, writer and broadcaster. Before presenting, I spent five years in publishing and
17 years at Yorkshire Television, as researcher and then producer of such series as Scientific Eye and Arthur C Clarke’s World of Strange Powers.

My latest series, What the Past Did for Us, covered the Chinese invention of gunpowder, the Sumerian invention of writing - and therefore written history -, Egyptian pyramids and mummies, a Greek computer, and the vital Meso-American discoveries of rubber and chocolate.

Each programme came from a different area. We kicked off with the Islamic world, which at its peak stretched all the way from what is now Spain to what is now Pakistan. One of the most important things they did was to hoover up all the ancient wisdom they could get hold of and write it down, thus preserving it for later civilizations - which is one reason why so many scientific words begin with al- (Arabic for 'the'): algebra, altitude, algorithm, alkali, alcohol, and so on.

After the Arabs came the Chinese, the Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas (from Central and South America), the Romans, the Indians, and so on - a cornucopia of ancient science and invention, from the wheel to the wheelbarrow, and from paper to the plough.

On this epic voyage through ancient ingenuity I was joined by four assistants. Hermione Cockburn went off to Greece and Peru, Jamie Darling to China and Ireland, Armani Zain to Egypt and Rome, all in search of the exotic past; while my faithful factotum Marty Jopson built the most wonderful contraptions for us to test the ancient ideas in a more modern setting.

I have presented such programmes as Tomorrow’s World, What the Romans, Victorians and Tudors & Stuarts Did for Us, Science Shack, Industrial Nation, and the Industrial Revolution Road Show; and for eight years, in fluorescent pink and yellow, Local Heroes in which I rode around on a mountain bike talking about dead scientists, engineers, and inventors, doing curious demonstrations.

On radio, I have presented 20 documentaries called Inventors Imperfect, plus six High Resolution, four Elements of Surprise, and five on Reinventing the Wheel. In 2004 I also appeared in the Radio 4 panel game Inspiration and presented Engineering Solutions.

I have read several books, and written about 22.

Adam is also one hell of a great guy! His website is at:

Re: Who is Adam Hart-Davis? by orit on 5 August 2005 8:29pm
He has some interesting articles in his site. Thanks.
Enjoy meeting him!
Re: Who is Adam Hart-Davis? by LynneD on 8 August 2005 2:37pm
I am a big fan of Adam's and also have to admit I have a slight crush on Marty!!! Roll on the next series!
Re: Who is Adam Hart-Davis? by Diamond on 9 August 2005 1:57pm
LynneD - thats two people we have in common - I hear that you are an avid NEIL DIAMOND fan - i went to 8 of neils concerts this year and Katherine and I will be meeting ADAM for the first time in October this year

you can contact me on palinitediamond@hotmail.com and please put either neil or adam in the subject box thanks - be good to talk

see you in october kitty!!! YAY
Re: Who is Adam Hart-Davis? by Katherine_B on 9 August 2005 7:28pm
See you too Lyn! I can't wait - I am already nervous! Cheque for tickets will be in the post shortly!

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