If you've ever wondered how magic works, this is your chance to learn. This inspiring session brings numbers and magical processes to life and gives you the chance to create your very own clever tricks to take home and try on your friends and family. Presented by Flummix.
Scotland is recorded as having the highest prevalence of multiple sclerosis in the world, with around 10,000 people living with the condition. But why is this? And what might the sun (or lack of it) have to do with it? Our informative Healthy Lunches series continues with researchers from the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic in Edinburgh exploring the impacts, advances and future outlooks for this condition and Anne Brown, a Scots writer living with Multiple Sclerosis, reading from her informative and comical blog for the MS Society.
Good problem-solvers have been shown to have greater success in life and Dr Thusha Rajendran and fellow researchers from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University want to find out why this is and how these skills emerge. Based on the theory that physical interaction can improve our problem-solving skills, participants of all ages are encouraged to find out more about this idea and take part in an interactive, movement-based computer game that explores problem-solving behaviour.
James Clerk Maxwell was undoubtedly Scotland's greatest physicist. His contributions to electricity, magnetism and the theory of heat have ensured his immortality but he lavished equal imagination and insight into his pioneering contributions to the theory of light and colour throughout his relatively brief, but remarkable, life. Prof Malcolm Longair, former Astronomer Royal for Scotland, former Director of Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge and Trustee of the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation, is an unashamed Maxwell enthusiast, with a particular interest in his research into light and colour. In a profusely illustrated and engaging event he will share this enthusiasm, and help add a little colour to your Sunday afternoon.
Mathemania has broken loose! Equations have broken through the ivory towers of academia to infect every part of our daily lives. Banking, betting and betrothing now have maths in their DNA, and you’re next. Your only antidote to this epidemic is to understand it. Luckily, stand-up mathematician and Australian Numeracy Ambassador Simon Pampena can help. He finds the whole situation hilarious... as will you!
Venue: Summerhall: Dissection Room
Popular science writer Marcus Chown was set a challenge: write about everything. So he did; in his book, What A Wonderful World. Everything from finance to thermodynamics, sex to special relativity, human origins to the human brain, plus all sorts of things in between. Did you know you are 1/3 mushroom? That you could fit the human race in the volume of a sugar cube? That slime moulds have 13 sexes? Or that 98% of the Universe is invisible? Well now you know – find out more from Marcus as he shares some of the secrets of our wonderful but slightly bonkers world.
A unique opportunity to visit Scotland’s newest major marine research facility. Experience a real marine test in action in The University of Edinburgh’s giant wave and current tank, and find out about the past, present and future of marine renewable energy research and potential in Scotland with Prof Robin Wallace of The University of Edinburgh and Stuart Brown of FloWave TT.
Logarithms are turning 400 so it's time to party! First introduced by Edinburgh’s John Napier in 1614, the scale of their importance cannot be underestimated. Navigators used them during the age of discovery; scientists built theories with them in the scientific revolution and modern applications range from measuring earthquakes to forensic accounting – logarithms are everywhere. Learn how to spot one with stand-up mathematician Simon Pampena as he celebrates the 400th anniversary of the logarithmic scale. This event will be an order of magnitude more fun than you might imagine!
In the Far North of Sweden, Laponia is one of the best preserved wilderness areas in Europe but also home to the Sami People. How are conflicting interests between traditional reindeer-herders and conservationists being resolved? Film and discussion chaired by anthropologist Prof Tim Ingold, with live music from Jarnna.
As Scotland prepares for September’s referendum, this fascinating event, the second in our Scotland Decides series, explores the psychology of decision-making and uncovers the factors that influence our choices. Dr Tiffany Jenkins is joined by speakers including Prof John Curtice, the University of Strathclyde, and Dr Jan Eichhorn of The University of Edinburgh, to reveal how campaign strategies influence voters, the impact of 16 year-old voters, the relationship between informed choice and unconscious bias and how our socio-economic background can affect our decisions.