The Magicians, EdSciFest, 12 April

March 26, 2019

In 1965, Edinburgh resident Peter Higgs predicted a new fundamental particle and almost 40 years later the Higgs particle was found at the Large Hadron Collider. The central magic of science – the ability of abstract mathematical formulae to predict pr …

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The Day Without A Yesterday, 27 Feb

February 1, 2019

The greatest discovery in the history of science is that there was a day without a yesterday. The Universe has not existed forever. It was born. 13.82 billion years ago, it erupted into being in a titanic fireball called the Big Bang. I will discuss th …

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YuleFest, Blackwells, 1 December

November 14, 2018

I’ll be giving a talk at 2.30pm about my new book, Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand (which really should be called 50 Bonkers Things About the Universe!). Other authors too will be talking at Blackwell, Oxford’s YuleFest. Sounds like it’s going to be …

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Sunday Papers Live, 18 November

November 14, 2018

The fab Sunday Papers Live. I answered people’s science questions – though I was stumped by “Does my dog knows it’s a dog?” – and did  a Solar System walk up Primrose Hill. I used a grapefruit  for the Sun and some toffees, dry roast peanuts and pepper …

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“Infinity” book launch, Holland Park

October 8, 2018

With comedy writer Andy Hamilton, who I did the BBC TV series “It’s Only A Theory”, with, and historian Anne Summers (Andy’s son is a neutrino physicist in the US) Daunt Books in Holland Park is such a beautiful bookshop. Thanks to Fergus and all the f …

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