While the UKs exam results season gets into full swing (and everyone grumbles about “how easy it is get get a top grade ‘A’ Level compared with when I was at school”) there are encouraging signs in the number of maths and physics students.
Physics is up by 0.36%, and chemistry by 0.6% which may mean that the UK could potentially have another 250 scientists and engineers by 20, something that would have little effect on the economy. In fact the grumpy old men at the Confederation of British Industry, who were earlier proposing that science students should be paid extra, point out that physics students are still 17.4% down on 1997 levels, while media studies and psychology are increasingly popular.
All rather depressing stuff, although at least our Nanomission game is now also available in Japanese. While we have it on good authority that Prime Minister Brown ‘loathes computer games’ we have to winder whether teaching students (about things that you cannot see) by doing, even if it is in a game, might produce more than another few hundred physics students.