Arthur C. Clarke: The Science and the Fiction

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Sixty years ago, in October 1945, the magazine Wireless World published an article “Extra-Terrestrial Relays: Can Rocket Stations Give World Wide Radio Coverage?” by a relatively unknown writer and rocket enthusiast. Today, the author’s name is known throughout the world, and Arthur C Clarke’s prediction of satellite communications has come true in ways even he never imagined.

On BBC Radio 4 at 11am , Heather Couper travels to Sir Arthur’s home in Sri Lanka to hear his own story



3 comments


    Ralph

    October 4, 2005

    … mind you this is the same Heather Cooper who said on “Radio 4”:http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4 on Monday that an excellent way to view the partial solar eclipse if you didn’t have viewing glasses was ‘through a bush’!

    carnus

    October 4, 2005

    Well, there’s no accounting for taste, mate

    Bruce

    October 4, 2005

    Not having heard Heather’s interview on Monday I cannot comment on her actual wording.

    However, if you stand near a bush/tree that has lots of leaves it can create an effect “ON THE GROUND”:http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap001225.html that is similar in principle to a pinhole camera

    It is this effect that she would have been trying to describe and just goes to show how much care needs to be taken when describing activities on the radio!

    Bruce

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