I quite like Formula 1. It's a sport, but there's more to it than that. To win a race you need to a skilled sportsman, but you need a team of skilled managers, mechanics, engineers, scientists and so on. It's a sport that pushes the capabilities of us as a species in so many different directions.
I have argued with people about how important F1 is in the grand scheme of things (outside of the realms of sport and general rapidness). Thankfully I ill shortly have a new weapon up my sleeve - the Science Museum is putting on an exhibition about how the technological innovations of Formula 1 filter down to us mere mortals.
Formula 1 is also far superior to football in that it doesn't turn pubs into rowdy idiot halls that interfere with good beer and good conversation*.
*Both of these are sadly becoming harder to find if your choice of pub is the Black Horse, Dedworth Road, Windsor.
Thursday, 5 February 2009
Formula 1 at the Science Museum
Labels: black horse, conversation, dedworth road, f1, football, forrmula 1, pub, science museum, Windsor
I work on projects related to technology and taxonomy at the Natural History Museum, and as an advisor for the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. My interests are in entomology (stick insects, cockroaches and insect acoustics) and how technology can change the way research is done in biology and museums. Big fan of open access, open data and open hardware.
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