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Jim Al-Khalili, Quantum Life (how physics can revolutionise biology); and neeps

I’d thawed out the vegetarian haggis, made sure we had a neep and some tatties, and so was all ready for a Burns Night supper. Neep, incidentally, is the Scots for turnip or swede, and like many Scots words looks … Continue reading

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The Book of Universes: John D Barrow at the Royal Institution

John D Barrow’s new book, The Book of Universes, has so far proved to be a fascinating read – I’m only about a third the way through. The book starts the story way back in Aristotle’s time, whereas the talk … Continue reading

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Why Chocolate Melts and Jet Engines Don’t – Mark Miodownik’s Royal Institution Christmas Lecture

It was a bit of a rush last Thursday, getting to the Royal Institution in time for the recording of one of the 2010 Christmas Lectures – it was scheduled to start at 6pm but it was necessary to arrive … Continue reading

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String theory and the Multiverse : Brian Greene and A C Grayling exchange at the frontier

Thursday afternoon saw me (and my 16-year old son) at the Wellcome Collection in London for the recording of Exchanges at the Frontier. The series of talks is a partnership with the BBC World Service, and has A C Grayling … Continue reading

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Neutrino: is the sun still shining? – Frank Close at the Royal Institution

Frank Close is Professor of Physics at Oxford University and a Fellow of Exeter College. He was formerly vice president of the British Association for Advancement of Science, Head of the Theoretical Physics Division at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and … Continue reading

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The strange friendship of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung: When physics met psychology

Arthur I Miller is Emeritus Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at UCL and has an interest in creativity – an earlier book is Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time and the Beauty That Causes Havoc, which shows how Einstein and … Continue reading

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Cycles of Time: Roger Penrose at the Royal Institution

Well, my mind has been well and truly boggled this evening. I started the day by driving over the North Downs at Gatton early this morning. The main roads were all clogged up so, although I was in an area … Continue reading

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