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The week ahead


If you know of events, exhibitions, books, programmes or websites that ought to be included in Foresight, contact Andrew Mylius.

Tel (020) 7505 6656, e-mail:

Book Richard Trevithick - giant of steam: Author Anthony Burton, whose biography of Thomas Telford was published last year, tells the story of Cornish engineer Trevithick, who built his first steam engine in 1801. This mechanised the Cornish mining industry, and produced powered canal boats and dredgers. In 1816 Trevithick took his steam engines to the silver mines of Peru but fortune eluded him and he returned penniless.

Published by Aurum, £18.99 ISBN 1 85410 728 3

Book Creating new clients: What every engineer should be reading this summer! This user friendly guide by Kevin Walker, Cliff Ferguson and Paul Denvir sets out a strategy to win work by combining touchyfeely-ness with hard edged presentation and commercial acumen.

Published by Cassell, £18.99. ISBN 0 304 70426 1

14 August Engineering Eden: Restoration ecology is being used by developers to limit damage to the countryside when transport links are built. The programme investigates whether the techniques really work, looking at the Channel Tunnel's impact on Kent and Disney's activities in Florida. 9.00pm, Radio 4

15 August Moments of genius - big bangs: Dam engineers take note: this new series kicks off by exploring the science of bouncing bombs and speaks to a member of the original design team, Norman 'Spud' Bora. 10.20pm, BBC Knowledge

17 August Tinker, tailor, teleworker - a history of work: Presenter Evan Davis looks at the emergence of teleworking and portfolio working and examines the trend against the changes of the last century. 8.00pm, Radio 5 Live

17 August Masterblasters: Three companies are fighting to dominate the satellite phone market and are racing to deliver global coverage. This programme follows preparation for the launch of a huge Delta 2 rocket from Cape Canaveral and talks to US space race veteran Rich Murphy about the technology used. 8.30pm, BBC2

24 August Twin cities: Critic and author Jonathan Glancey attempts to discover why the fortunes of Manchester and Liverpool, so closely linked in the 19th century, should have diverged so much in the 20th century. He examines initiatives to bring about urban renaissance. 11.00am, Radio 4

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