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close this bookSouthern Lights - Celebrating the Scientific Achievements of the Developing World (IDRC, 1995, 148 p.)
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View the documentChapter 1 - A northern misconception demolished
View the documentChapter 2 - Is there really science in the south?
View the documentChapter 3 - How the south got left behind
View the documentChapter 4 - Third world achievements
View the documentChapter 5 - Marching to a different drummer
View the documentChapter 6 - Solving global problems together
View the documentChapter 7 - What needs to be done
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Depiction of a Tibetan globe-lamp. The four swivelling concentric rings serve to hold the lamp in place, always keeping it upright. The lamp was popularized in the 16th century by Girolamo Cardano, whose name was given to its method of suspension. Its first appearance in Europe can be traced to the 9th century; however, it was in China over I 000 years earlier, in the 2nd century BC, that the lamp was invented.

Published by the International Development Research Centre PO Box 8500, Ottawa, ON, Canada KIG 3H9

© International Development Research Centre 1995

Spurgeon, D.

Southern lights: celebrating the scientific achievements of the developing world. Ottawa, ON, IDRC, 1995. ix + 137 p.

/Scientific discoveries/, /scientific progress/, /technological change/, /research and development/, /developing countries/ - /North South relations/, /traditional technology/, /international cooperation/, /comparative analysis/, /case studies/, references.

UDC: 608.1
ISBN: 0-88936-736-1

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The Author

David Spurgeon is a science journalist who, through his writings and then as IDRC’S first Director of Publications, was introduced to Southern researchers and their work in the early 1970s. While with the Centre, he worked and traveled extensively in the developing world, including a stint at the International Council (now Center) for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya. Spurgeon left IDRC in 1980 to work for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where helped to produce UNEP’S 10-year anniversary report: The World Environment, 1972-1982. From 1981 to 1983, he consulted with a number of international agricultural research centres in Africa, Australia, and the Middle East. In 1983, Spurgeon joined Unesco in the capacity of science journalist and managing editor of the quarterly Impact of Science on Society. In 1986, he resumed his career as a free-lance writer, and has since become a regular contributor to many popular and widely read magazines and journals, including Reader’s Digest and Nature (as its Canadian correspondent). His recent books include Secrets of the Heart: Cardiovascular Research in Canada (Medical Research Council of Canada, 1991), No Greater Challenge: Solving the Mysteries of AIDS (Medical Research Council of Canada, 1989), and Understanding AIDS: A Canadian Strategy (Key Porter Books, 1988).

About the Institution

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is a public corporation created by the Parliament of Canada in 1970 to support technical and policy research to help meet the needs of developing countries. The Centre is active in the fields of environment and natural resources, social sciences, health sciences, and information sciences and systems. Regional offices are located in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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