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MM: I mean, yes, there are experiments. You can look in YouTube, three
inch panes of glass and space and but are usually very small in the sense
that the space is not so big. So they are using very small spaces. But the
idea is that, of course, when you’re are going to the moon, there is a
direction. But the direction exists because we have one sixth of the gravity
of the moon. But if you have the same material and the same structure of
the tree, the tree can become, let’s say, 100 metres, 200 metres, because
there is no gravity to keep the tree, therefore, in the centre with the same
dimension that we have in birth. So imagine to have a forest where the trees
are six hundred metres.
RC: Well, that’s a pleasure to speak about. Yeah, I’m trying to imagine.
Penny Atkins: I think my own interests in art is sort of separate from work.
I think it feels separate from work for me as I love the performing arts, so I
love music and theatre, that kind of thing. I do like the visual arts. I have to
confess to particularly liking mediaeval art. I am interested in the arts, I think
the thing that I found really interesting with this discussion is about a different
approach. I think there’s an overlap in terms of creativity, because I believe
engineering is a creative activity, but it’s very different in, you know, the
way you do it. I think that means that there’s a lot to be gained from trying
to work together in terms of ways of representing what we do. I also think
about ways of thinking about how we solve problems and what problems
we’re looking at in the first place. Do you see what I mean? Because that’s
often a really important thing to think about is what is it we’re really trying to
do in the first place as engineers? I think this probably links to Marco’s
question, but perhaps I think about it in a different way in terms of why am I
doing this and and what is it for?
SH: I think that is a really good point about the last thing about why we’re doing
things, especially when I guess we’re probably quite useless about justifying
what we’re doing with engines. So there’s the two sides of explaining what
we are doing, which is quite hard to do sometimes to a layman. And there’s
also the why we’re doing it, which sometimes get it gets a bit lost, but behind
other budget barriers to the technology, I guess, in itself. That makes sense.
Yeah, that’s really interesting.