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Watt Tyler aka Professor Adrian R Bell #HistorialDesertIslandDiscs

In the first of our guest blogs we hear from our Research Dean for Prosperity and Resilience and Chair in the History of Finance at the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School Professor Adrian R Bell. In this edition, we reveal … Continue reading

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Sir Isaac Newton by Amie Bolissian-McRae #HistoricalDesertIslandDiscs

Something for the weekend? Today’s castaway is the renowned seventeenth century English natural philosopher, mathematician, astronomer, and iconic self-isolationist, Sir Isaac Newton. Reportedly a deeply strange man, but inspired thinker, Newton was the very first European ‘scientist’ to receive a … Continue reading

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‘Dictating to the Dictators’ by Professor Matt Worley #HistoricalDesertIslandDiscs

In the second of a series, here are the Desert Island discs for a gaggle of dictators quarantined on an island for our own protection. Given their heinous crimes, they don’t get to pick the tracks. Instead, I do (‘dictating … Continue reading

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Desert Island Darwin by Professor David Stack #HistoricalDesertIslandDiscs

Today’s castaway is a nineteenth century scientist who, by formulating what the philosopher Daniel Dennett called ‘the single best idea anyone ever had,’ changed the way in which we understand life on earth. Our guest today is Charles Darwin (1809-1882). … Continue reading

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Twelve Days of Christmas: Twelve Drummers Drumming

By Professor Matthew Worley It was only two drummers, but it sounded like twelve. My pop music epiphany came on 16th October 1980: Adam and the Ants performed ‘Dog Eat Dog‘ on Top of the Pops, which you can watch … Continue reading

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