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  • In this article an architect examines how the university campus at Stirling was planned. He also describes a computer study of the site carried out at the University of Strathclyde as part of a project on computer-aided design of large building complexes.

    • Tom Willoughby
    British Association Supplement
  • Sir Edward Bullard recalls his early days at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge where, under the watchful eye of Lord Rutherford, he worked, and struggled, as a research student in the company of people like Blackett, Kapitza, and Cockcroft.

    • Edward Bullard
    British Association Supplement
  • Over the past few years, considerable advances have been made in the application of scientific method to the conservation of works of art. Slow changes in paintings with exposure to light are still the subject of research but recent developments in the protection of outdoor sculptures are encouraging.

    • J. Plesters Brommelle
    • N. S. Brommelle
    British Association Supplement
  • The practice of science in Northern Ireland is no harder than elsewhere but unwillingness to come to Northern Ireland because of exaggerated fears of the risks causes concern.

    • D. R. Bates
    British Association Supplement
  • With the increasing dependence of the civilised world on science, the need is not so much for ‘popularisation’ as for understanding and critical appreciation of scientific advances if alienation from science is to be avoided.

    • Maurice Goldsmith
    British Association Supplement
  • Professor Cotgrove discusses the view that science is not as objective as its adherents claim. He considers the misuse of science, especially the use of pseudo-science to justify social practices.

    • Stephen Cotgrove
    British Association Supplement
  • Observations of the 1874 transit of Venus seem to have been based on a misguided belief that nineteenth century techniques were superior to those of the previous century. Here A. J. Meadows explains, with the benefit of hindsight, how the expectations of the nineteenth century astronomers were not fulfilled.

    • A. J. Meadows
    British Association Supplement
  • Details are given from a murder investigation in which the fluorescence of tyre prints was discovered. The prints enabled the tyres and the vehicle in which the body was carried to be identified and fluorescence spectroscopy demonstrated a correlation between the fluorescence of one of the tyres and the corresponding print. Circumstances favouring the formation of fluorescent prints and the importance of the technique for forensic science are discussed.

    • J. H. Loughran
    • J. B. F. Lloyd
    • T. R. Watson
    British Association Supplement
  • Social responsibility in science manifests itself in completely different ways in Britain and the United States. in Britain the emphasis is on words, whereas the American approach is based on deeds.

    • John Hall
    British Association Supplement
  • Since Professsor Lamb wrote on “The New Look of Climatology” (Nature, 223, 1209; 1969) he has set up a research unit in the University of East Anglia for study of the long-term behaviour and current trends of climate.

    • H. H. LAMB
    British Association Supplement
  • It is a hundred years since van der Waals related the pressure, volume and temperature of a fluid by the equation which bears his name. This article which is based on a lecture delivered at an Institute of Physics Conference at the University of Kent in April, describes the background and present value of his work.

    British Association Supplement
  • Nuclear power may finally be about to come into its own. This article examines the past and glances at the future of the industry and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority.

    British Association Supplement
  • Dr Tozer casts a critical eye over the concept of thermal plumes that is attracting a good deal of attention in the Earth sciences just now.

    • D. C. TOZER
    British Association Supplement
  • Plate tectonic theory has provided a synthesis to account for the geological development of the Earth's crust during the past 10% of its history. Doubts are now being expressed, however, about the applicability of this theory to the origin of some zones of deformed Precambrian rocks.

    • J. C. BRIDEN
    British Association Supplement
  • Electron microscopy, at present a versatile tool in the study of biological systems, can benefit from advances in instrument technology and its application.

    • J. A. FENDLEY
    British Association Supplement
  • Dr Bishop here discusses the isotopic dating methods used in developing a time-scale for continental deposits yielding hominid and other mammalian fossils from the past 5 million years.

    • W. W. BISHOP
    British Association Supplement