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The Universe Within and Tiktaalik, Neil Shubin at the Royal Institution

People who have a great passion for a subject are often the best speakers on it, and Neil Shubin’s enthusiasm for his work was obvious as he spoke earlier this evening at the Royal Institution. He’s a palaeontologist who believes … Continue reading

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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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Sean Carroll on the Higgs, and the future of the Royal Institution

The other night the Royal Institution had one of the best speakers I have seen there for a long time – Sean Carroll on the LHC and his new book, The Particle at the End of the Universe: the hunt … Continue reading

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Gravity’s Engines: Caleb Scharf at the Royal Institution

Caleb Scharf  is Director of Columbia University’s Astrobiology Center, and his recent book is Gravity’s Engines: the Other Side of Black Holes; the American edition has the subtitle How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos … Continue reading

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Jim Al-Khalili’s Paradox at the Royal Institution

Jim Al-Khalili’s latest book is Paradox: the nine greatest enigmas in science, and he gave a talk based upon it at the Royal Institution this evening. Probably the most well-known scientific paradox is that of Schrodinger’s Cat, where those who … Continue reading

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Imagining the past, remembering the future: Charles Fernyhough at the Royal Institution

Charles Fernyhough wrote one of my favourite popular science books, The Baby in the Mirror, a moving account of his daughter Athena’s first three years; he also gave an equally interesting talk based on the book at the Royal Institution … Continue reading

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Claudia Hammond: Time Warped at the Royal Institution

My son was due back from a college trip to Brussels this evening, supposedly at about 8 o’clock, but I was just getting ready to go out when he rang and asked me to pick him up as they had … Continue reading

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