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Upcoming TV and Radio

1. Upcoming TV and radio broadcasts
2. Christmas offer – free Crypto CD-ROM
3. Bristol Lecture
4. Great Science and Mathematics Books
5. Last month’s challenge & Joke Competition
6. Cryptogram

1. Upcoming TV and radio broadcasts

It’s been a busy autumn, and you can see and hear the results during the rest of the year.

“Serendipity of Science” is back with a new series on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday at 9pm on Nov 27 and Dec 4 and 11. More information (including details of how to listen on-line) here.

I am currently recording a TV series based on puzzles for BBC4. It runs for the first 5 Friday nights of 2003 at 7.30pm, but please check the BBC4 website to check, as times may change.

Finally, I have just recorded a programme with Richard Wiseman for Discovery Europe. “Funny You Should Ask” is a peculiar look at wacky science. The transmission dates are Dec 21 & 26 at 10.30pm, but times may change so please check the Discovery website.

2. Christmas offer – free Crypto CD-ROM

The on-line shop has been open for a month now and the response has been great. Please place Christmas orders by Dec 15 to allow time for postage.

As a bonus, any orders over £10 placed before the end of the year will receive a free copy of the Crypto CD-ROM. The shop can be found here.

3. Bristol Lecture

I am lecturing at the Hewlett-Packard Labs in Bristol on Wednesday 27 November. Details here.

4. Great Science and Mathematics Books

There is a new section on the website, which lists my favourite science and mathematics books, along with dozens of book reviews. This section of the site also includes pages devoted to fictional science, children and cryptography. If you are looking for a science book to give somebody for Christmas, then you might find some ideas by visiting the section.

I am also interested in putting your book recommendations on the site. You can find out how to contribute by visiting the Great Science Books section at the same page.

5. Last month’s challenge & Joke Competition

Last month’s rattleback competition did not generate a huge number of entries … zero to be exact. So I am going to put a bit more effort into thinking about the next competition, which means that it won’t be ready until the next newsletter.

In the meantime, you can still enter the science and mathematics joke competition here.

6. Cryptogram

The new cryptogram challenge revolves around understanding the intricacies of ISBN numbers. The prize is a copy of “The Science of Harry Potter” by Roger Highfield. Details of the cryptogram can be found here [entries now closed].

Last month’s cryptogram winner was Steve Fletcher in Sussex. Well done – the prize is in the post. The answer to the pangram is at the bottom of the substitution cryptogram page.

And that’s everything for 2002. Have a great holiday and I will be back in touch next year.

In the meantime, if you want to find out the latest news about the race to break the Erdos-Bacon record, then please read the update here.

Cheerio,
Simon Singh.

Ps. If you need to email me, then please do not reply to this address, as your email will not reach me. Please go via the website http://www.simonsingh.net and click on the contact button. It takes me ages to answer emails, as I am struggling to keep up with my correspondence, so please be patient.