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A January start breaks the mould

Universities are bringing in greater flexibility which could spell the end of the traditional academic year, writes Emma Haughton

Letter: `Laws' of science

Sir: David Packham speaks true. As one FRS recently told me: "I have long taken the view that all our theories, including new ones, are wrong; it is merely that we do not yet know how or by how much."

Letter: Science and society

Sir: Your two anti-Wolpert correspondents (letters, 5 July) haven't quite got their act together.

Letter: Science fights back

Sir: Hilary Rose (letter, 7 July) rebuts a criticism Lewis Wolpert did not make. Wolpert's central objection is that school children are to be taught, essentially, that science is a social construct, that theories owe their acceptance more to fashion than to any objective rationale. They do not.

Are you an Oink? A Timat? Or just a Dimp?

Yuppie is the best known, Sinbad the latest. But there's an acronym for everyone.

Sociological Notes

An end to `vive la difference'

Sociological notes: Are you sure you are not a masochist?

MASOCHISM ENTERED the vocabulary a hundred years ago. The early Austrian sexologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing was responsible for giving us masochism, alongside a wide collection of other secular sins, including beast-defilement, necrophilia, and the other lurid, often ludicrous categories that fill out his extensive encyclopaedia of the perversions, Psychopathia Sexualis.

Education Letter: Agony in the early years

THE QCA is not suggesting that children should start "formal education" (whatever that means) too early. Our consultation document makes it quite clear that building children's confidence and readiness to learn, and developing their personal and social skills, are the first priority.

The 10 greatest adjectives of the 20th century

AS ANNOUNCED in this column yesterday, I am teaming up with ATP - Adjective Trend Plotting, the people who chart the world rankings of adjectives - to organise the poll for the Adjective of the Century.

Which class should I aspire to belong to next year?

`The upper classes aren't interested in governing the country. They're just interested in owning it'

Words: extroversion, n.

A RECENT edition of The New York Times referred to the salsa singer India's extroversion. It can mean a malformed bladder, and one trusts that this is not the reason for her shimmying performances.

Podium: The nationalisation of society


There is a thing called society; Podium

From a speech by the president of the Sociology Section to the British Association for Science conference, Cardiff
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