Sunday Times Science Book of the Year!

December 20, 2017

I was sitting on a London-bound train at Manchester Piccadilly, sipping a coffee and idly flicking through the “Culture section of The Sunday Times, relieved that the recording of Christmas University Challenge in Salford was over – and it wasn’t as te …

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Christmas University Challenge 2017

December 16, 2017

My first reaction, when the BBC contacted me to do Christmas University Challenge was: “No. Never. I’m no good at quizzes. It’ll be terrifying.” But my wife persuaded me it was an opportunity too good to miss, so I accepted. And I am so glad I did. Uni …

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Sunday Papers Live, 10 September

September 17, 2017

Sunday Papers Live is a fab thing. Cecil Sharp House, close to London’t Regent’s Park, is taken over and kitted out like a giant living room, with comfortable sofas and rugs. People are encouraged to come with their babies and dogs, wear slippers, and …

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Blue Dot Festival, 7 July, 3pm

May 30, 2017

On 14 September 2015, gravitational waves were first detected on Earth. The source – two merging black holes – briefly pumped out 50 times more power than all the stars in the Universe together. To mark the publication of my book, The Ascent of Gravity …

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York Festival of Ideas, 16 June, 7.40pm

May 1, 2017

On 14 September 2015, gravitational waves were first detected on Earth. The source – two merging black holes – briefly pumped out 50 times more power than all the stars in the Universe together. To mark the publication of my book, The Ascent of Gravity …

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