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Foresight The week ahead


Saturday 20 March Billion Dollar Secret Talks to the people who built the U2 spy plane and the designers of a hypersonic aircraft set to achieve speeds of Mach 10.

Crikey O'Reilly!

Discovery Civilisation, 7pm The Extraordinary Voyage of Jules Verne The founding father of science fiction predicted space exploration, the cinema and electronic communications along with other events yet to be realised. Here's your chance to acquaint yourself with the prescient Frenchman.

BBC2, 7.45pm Boxing - Audley Harrison versus Richel Hersisia Who was the most boring boxer in the world? Why, Ennui Cooper. Was this Foresight entry a lame excuse to roll out a tired gag? Of course it was.

BBC1, 11.10pm Monday Demolition Squad Follows the demolition of Blyth power station on Teesside.

Channel 5, 7.30pm Tuesday Exhibition: AJ Small Projects From today through to 24 April the Royal Institute of British Architects is showcasing projects of architectural excellence, all of them built for less than £250,000.

Organised by NCE sister magazine the Architects' Journal. Held at RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, in Gallery 2. Tel: (020) 7580 5533 File On 4 Investigates oil and gas multinational Shell to see if it is meeting its social and environmental promises.

Radio 4, 8pm Thursday Material World Quentin Cooper talks to scientists about the properties of glass and asks why this ancient material is still surprising the men in white coats.

Radio 4, 4.30pm Horizon: The Truth Of Troy To discover if there is any truth in the legend of Helen of Troy, Professor Manfred Korfmann has been excavating the site of Troy since 1988. Well, after 16 years it's about time he coughed up his findings, dontcha think?

BBC2, 9pm New Book Fundamentals of Probability and Statistics For Engineers For those of you currently engaged in NCE's Clever Clogs competition and desperate for yet more taxing equations to chew over, why not try this on for size.

Designed for students, and as reference for lecturers, the book provides a comprehensive understanding of probability and statistics. Alas, your numbskull correspondent couldn't make head nor tail of it. In fact, when I first saw the book I thought it was Chinese and started reading from the back. I jest of course. Written by TT Soong, the book costs £37.50 and is published by Wiley.

ISBN 0-470-86814-7 The Talking Newspaper Association Don't forget that those unable to read normal print can get New Civil Engineer in audio form.

Tel: (0870) 4429590 Email: info@tnauk. org. uk If you know of events, exhibitions, books, programmes or websites that ought to be included in Foresight, contact Karl Thompson, tel (020) 7505 6682, e-mail karl. thompson@ construct. emap. com

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