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Restless Creatures: The Story of Life in Ten Movements by Matt Wilkinson

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Brain and Brawn

In which we discover how and why animals became computerized

                    I’m playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order.

—Eric Morecambe

It’s early spring here in Cambridge, and the weather being particularly pleasant today, I thought I’d give myself a change of scene, so I’m currently writing these words in the University Botanic Garden. The journey was short and simple, but I can confidently state that there exists not a robot on Earth that could have pulled it off. From the very outset, all kinds of obstacles and challenges were thrown my way.

Like many inhabitants of this city, I usually get around by bike. Cycling is a considerably less stable mode of transportation than walking, requiring ...

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