Now in its seventh year, the Bristol Festival of Ideas – in association with the Observer – brings together economists, writers, scientists and campaigners to discuss the problems facing a globalised world, and propose radical solutionsAs a young schoolboy in Bristol, Peter Higgs was so inspired by the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning Paul Dirac that he pursued a career in physics. Decades later Higgs is the focus of worldwide attention as the Large Hadron Collider seeks to prove whether the Higgs boson particle exists.Bristol has always been a good place for the development and delivery of ideas. Dirac regarded his education in the city – in physics, mathematics and engineering – as crucial to his own career. Isambard Kingdom Brunel came to Bristol to build bridges, ships and railway lines, helping Britain lead the world in the industrial revolution. Thomas Beddoes's Pneumatic Institution attracted some of...
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