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A tale of two prizes

Two contrasting awards were announced this week, the £20,000 Booker Prize for fiction and the £50,000 MacRobert Award for engineering innovation. No prizes for guessing which attracted the most publicity. The Booker Prize generated weeks of preliminary speculation in the mass media, and the winner was announced on prime-time BBC2. True, Radio 4 did devote 30 minutes to the MacRobert Award on Wednesday night - but the comparison says a lot about the image of engineering in ...

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