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Laurie Winkless - WikipediaThe City of Ember is a post-apocalyptic primary-to-middle-grade science fiction novel by Jeanne DuPrau that was published in The story is about Ember, a city threatened by aging infrastructure. The young protagonist , Lina Mayfleet, and her friend, Doon Harrow the second protagonist , follow clues left behind by the original builders of the City of Ember, to safety in the outside world. In , the book was adapted into a film by Walden Media and Playtone. A graphic novel adaptation by comic book artist Niklas Asker was released on September 25,
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Irish author and physicist Laurie Winkless will be in the gallery to talk to Claire O'Connell about Science and the City , her new popular science book about the remarkable technologies that keep the world's great metropolises moving. Science and the City is a window into the hidden science and engineering marvels that are the backbone of our cities. Cities are built using some of the most creative and revolutionary science and engineering ideas in the world, but how often do we stop to think about what makes our cities work? Science and the City is a guidebook to that hidden world, showing how cities in six continents are dealing with the challenges of feeding, housing, powering and connecting more people than ever before. Laurie h as been communicating science to the public from more than a decade, working with schools and universities, the Royal Society, Forbes, and the Naked Scientists, amongst others. In recent years plastic has gained a status of notoriety; a once precious commodity has transformed into a perpetual weed polluting seabeds and inundating landfills, but do the negatives outweigh the positives of this innovative material? How did we evolve to walk?
Cities are largely unpredictable because they are complex systems that are more like organisms than machines. Neither the laws of economics nor the laws of mechanics apply; cities are the product of countless individual and collective decisions that do not conform to any grand plan. They are the product of our inventions; they evolve. In Inventing Future Cities, I explore what we need to understand about cities in order to invent their future. This book attempts to communicate many of the ideas concerning science, prediction and complexity that have been useful in thinking about cities and urban planning in the last fifty years. A significant contribution to the field of urban planning and urbanism more broadly.
Laurie Winkless is a physicist and science writer. Winkless was born in Dundalk, Ireland , to engineer father Jackie and theatre director mother Rosemary. After completing her studies she worked in the Materials Team at the National Physical Laboratory for seven years, with a focus on thermoelectric energy harvesting. She researched the use of nanomaterials in the space industry for the European Space Agency. Winkless' first book, Science and the City: The Mechanics Behind the Metropolis , explains the science behind aspects of urban living, including skyscrapers and subways.