The recovery and restoration of the steamboat Yavari, built on the Thames 150 years ago, then dismantled and carried in thousands of pieces 12,500 ft up the Andes to Lake Titicaca - where she was used by traders until 1985.
Ethics and prudence set limits to how our scientific knowledge can be applied. And there are constraints on the amount of research we can afford. But are there some aspects of the universe, or of life, that we’ll never understand because they’re beyond human brains and that must await post-human intellects?
The magical new novel from the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time: A family get together in a farmhouse near Hay for a week - four adults and four children with interweaving stories and history and voices.
How the nation has been formed by the land, and how the country has connected with the world. Jon Gower chairs a discussion spanning 30,000 years with an historian, a TV programme maker and the Director of The National Museum of Wales.
Arguing from the premise that economics is a moral science, the Skidelskys trace the concept of the good life from Aristotle to Keynes and the present, and show how our lives over the past half century have strayed from that ideal.
The philosopher talks about the conversation of humankind, the true nature of education, the candle in the dark. Our story changed when literacy extended beyond the few. Grayling explains how, and conjures the possibilities this opened up.
Cambridge Series 6 - Are you taking a Risk or a Chance? Trying to put numbers on uncertainty.
Hay Festival 2012,
We continually get warned about the risks around us, but the upside of uncertainty is chance and opportunity. The Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk will show how to weigh luck, both bad and good. Chaired by Greg Davies
The outspoken Chinese cult novelist builds on his now famous ‘In my country’ Oslo speech, talking about the harder realities behind the economic miracle. Chaired by Rosie Boycott. (Subtitles with consecutive translation for Q&A)
How much can society and the economy change in 50 months? On current trends, that’s the time frame we are working to before the balance of risk of dangerous climate change potentially shifts against us. The Chief Executive of Greenpeace UK discusses the deadline with the co-founders of onehundredmonths.org and poet Lemn Sissay.
Survivors - The Animals and Plants that Time has Left Behind
Hay Festival 2012,
The paleontologist takes us on a journey across the globe in search of traces of evolution in creatures that have survived from long ago, from algal mats dating back two billion years to the hardy musk oxen, the last vestiges of Ice Age fauna.
Angelmaker is a kaleidoscopic, comedy adventure - a one-sit read about a mobster’s son and a retired secret agent who are forced to team up to save the world; Sacrilege is the third in the meticulously plotted series of Giordano Bruno Elizabethan thrillers.
The award winning crowd-funded publisher Unbound, launched at Hay last year, celebrates its first birthday with a live event unlike anything else at the festival. Join a panel of Unbound authors competing to win the approval of the crowd to raise funding for their book ideas, in a cross between an election hustings and a literary Dragons’ Den. Featuring super-smart comedian Katy Brand, novelist, TV presenter and Red Dwarf star Robert Llewellyn, the inimitable Glaswegian Sikh writer, cook and performer, Hardeep Singh Kohli, cult perfomance poet George Chopping, and Australian fashion guru and cancer survivor , Jessica Jones.
Do you think philosophy is irrelevant? Think again, says the neuroscientist and philosopher.The pursuit of articulate, reflective wonder, revealing the extraordinary complex mystery of everyday life, is the key to unlocking our spirituality in a post-religious age.