Join Michael Rodgers, editor of science writing classics including Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene, and author and academic Prof Peter Atkins for a behind glimpse behind the scenes of the world of science publishing. Discover the challenges of writing about science, the workings of the world of publishing and the process of collaboration between writer and editor that lies at the heart of a successful science book.
Fifty years on from CP Snow’s (in)famous Rede Lecture, comedian Robin Ince asks if barbed wire still separates the ‘two cultures’ of the sciences and humanities. While both art galleries and science museums are packed every weekend, science is under-represented in mass media, but aren’t both disciplines united by their desire to explain and express the world? Arts graduate turned science enthusiast, Helen Keen, makes one woman shows about space and robotics while Matthew Cobb is a Professor of Zoology who both studies gene evolution and paints with maggots. They join Robin to explore how art and science can together convey cosmic ideas, and plot how to tear down the barbed wire once and for all.
Venue: Summerhall: Histology
Arduino is easy to use and based on flexible hardware and software, making it a fun introduction to computer programming. This session will show you how Arduinos use sensors to detect and respond to changes in their environment, allowing you to create your very own programmes using sound, movement and flashing lights. Presented by Edinburgh Napier University.
Join Albert, the genius behind the übercoolest moustache in science, for a lecture like none you’ve ever attended. The eccentric theoretical physicist is accompanied by his two wives and mum on the piano, and by guest rapper MC Squared, as he quantum leaps us through two world wars, two theories of relativity, and the deployment of two very big bombs. Warning: features the wurst sausage joke ever. Presented by Tangram Theatre
Our new Food for Thought series lets you get your teeth into some essential science in your lunch break. In the first helping, Russell Foster, Professor of Circadian Neuroscience at the University of Oxford and President of the British Neuroscience Association presents a bite-sized overview of the science of sleep. What is it? Why do we need it? How much is enough? And, with sleep disorders and deprivation becoming more prevalent in our stressful lives, what happens when we don’t get enough?
Food for Thought lets you get your teeth into some science on your lunch break; this time tackling physical chemistry with respected popular science writer Prof Peter Atkins of the University of Oxford. In this bite-sized yet insightful introduction to a branch of chemistry often perceived as daunting Peter takes in physics, mathematics, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistics, explaining in the process the cultural contributions physical chemistry has made to our understanding of the natural world.
In the 1950s and 60s, scientists – and science fiction writers – predicted that intelligent robots would by now be integral to our lives. Despite failing to quite live up to these expectations, robotics has in fact had huge successes: from planetary exploration to manufacturing, storage and deliveries and now to first steps in our homes and hospitals. The latest in our Food for Thought series lets you get your teeth into some science in your lunch break as Prof Alan Winfield from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the University of the West of England presents his bite-sized introduction to robotics.
Get your teeth into some science in your lunch break, this time with a mathematical bent. We are fascinated by patterns in mature, and perhaps none are more intriguing than the examples of fractal geometry ubiquitous in nature; in the complex contours of coastal forms, the outlines of clouds and the branching of trees. Mathematician Prof Kenneth Falconer from the University of St Andrews presents a bite-sized overview of fractal geometry, explaining its concepts, its beauty and its applications in science and economics.
More Food for Thought as our short sessions of science for your lunch break continue. Studies of the environmental shifts that took place during the Quaternary Period Ice Age have revolutionised our understanding of Earth’s landscapes and ecosystems. Join Jamie Woodward, Prof of Physical Geography at the University of Manchester for a bite-sized overview of the Ice Age in which he explores the evolution of ideas, major debates and research methods used to investigate this fascinating era of our geological past.
In this Food for Thought event, David Blockley, Emeritus Prof and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, explores the nature and practice of engineering, its history, scope, and relationship with art, science and technology. In this bite-sized introduction he considers how engineers provide practical and socially acceptable solutions in our world, showing how engineering is intimately part of who and what we are. Get your teeth into some science in your lunch break.