Naked Scientists special: An interview with the Optimist

Optimist on tour cover

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I’ve previously raved about Mark Stevenson’s excellent new book, An Optimist’s Tour of the Future. Now you can listen to this interview I did with him, which is up on the Naked Scientists website as one of their Special Edition podcasts.

We discuss his book and the ideas therein, as well as what it might mean for the future of our species. And whether Duran Duran really were better than the Pet Shop Boys.*

Listen now and give yourself some reasons to be cheerful about the future.

*He’s so clearly wrong on this one.

4 responses to “Naked Scientists special: An interview with the Optimist

  1. Thank you – I loved the Kylie Minogue reference! That was a really entertaining interview, and it’s certainly convinced me to buy the book. (Is it too early to be buying Christmas presents?)

  2. Mark is a unique guy and I’m glad he’s getting some media attention. I also think XTC needs to get more credit as a great British band.
    In the acknowledgements of Mark’s book, he thanks me for providing him with some (unused) background on nuclear power. Mark was also kind enough to describe my book ‘Rad Decision: A Novel of Nuclear Power’ as “gripping”. This isn’t another schlocky sci-fi story. I’ve worked in the US nuclear industry over twenty years. The common perceptions of this energy source – both bad AND good – have little relationship to the real world of atomic fun. I’ve tried to portray that reality in a way that isn’t boring. If we’re going to make good decisions about our energy future, we’ll benefit by first understanding our energy present. The book is available both online (free) and in paperback. See Some reviews below. I hope you’ll take a look. A West End Girl would.

    Regards, Jim Aach

    “I got to about page four and I was hooked, I couldn’t put it down… It was very easy to read, the characters were well described, and they were vibrant.” – DAVID LEVY, noted science author and comet discoverer.

    “I’d like to see Rad Decision widely read.” – STEWART BRAND, founder of The Whole Earth Catalog.

    “It’s very nice.” – JIM’S MOM

    See the website homepage comments for many more reviews.

    • >“It’s very nice.” – JIM’S MOM

      That’s the best review ever 🙂
      I’ll certainly check it out, thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

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