Stephen Fry explains the history of computer thinking and the revolution of utility in cloud computing in this 5 minute animation.
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“The English language begins with the phrase ‘Up Yours, Caesar!,' as the Romans leave Britain …”
Where did the phrase ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ come from? And when did scientists finally get round to naming sexual body parts?
Voiced by Clive Anderson, this entertaining romp through ‘The History of English' squeezes 1600 years of history into 10 one-minute bites, uncovering the sources of English words and phrases from Shakespeare and the King James Bible to America and the Internet. Bursting with fascinating facts, the series looks at how English grew from a small tongue into a major global language before reflecting on the future of English in the 21st century.
How can we get people more engaged, more productive, and happier at work? Is technology part of the problem — and could it also be part of the solution?
Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft, imagines what might be possible if more organisations embraced the full, empowering potential of technology and encouraged a truly open, collaborative and flexible working culture.
Don't have time to read Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time? Don't worry. In two and a half minutes, The Guardian's Made Simple series explains why black holes are doomed to shrink into nothingness then explode with the energy of a million nuclear bombs.
MinutePhysics takes a closer look at the friction between religion and science, going all the way back to the big bang. It turns out that maybe that wasn't the beginning.
One of the most common misconceptions about the Big Bang is that it implies that the entire universe was compressed into a single point, from which it then somehow expanded into the surrounding nothingness.
Experimental evidence doesn’t actually rule out the possibility that there may indeed be a time before the beginning, a previous age of the universe that ended when space collapsed in on itself … So physics might actually be nudging us back to the view that the universe is eternal and didn’t “begin” after all. (Which gives pause as to what is the beginning.)