Future Talks

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Our YouTube Channel has recordings of past talks.

This month we are trying Zoom without registration.

You will need to install the Zoom app to your computer, tablet or Smartphone. You only need to book one place for each computer, so if you are sharing a screen with someone in your house, you only need one. 

We will open the Zoom meeting shortly after 7.15pm to give people ample time to get connected, settled in and chat. Please arrive by 7.25pm.

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 A recording will be available after the event on our YouTube channel. If you prefer, you can watch live on YouTube, but with less participation

Monday 2nd August 7.30pm Ten Days in Physics That Shook the World” –Brian Clegg

Physics informs our understanding of how the world works – but more than that, key breakthroughs in physics have transformed everyday life. We journey back to ten separate days in history to understand how particular breakthroughs were achieved, meet the individuals responsible and see how each breakthrough has influenced our lives. Each date and breakthrough focuses on discoveries that have had a practical impact on our day-to-day life.

Without Rudolph Clausius’ research in thermodynamics, we wouldn’t have fridges or air con and without Marie Curie’s discovery of polonium, we wouldn’t have life-saving radiotherapy treatments. We shouldn’t forget how Newton’s research into gravity has allowed us to use satellites for our Satnavs and put astronauts into space!

Brian Clegg is a popular science writer whose Dice World and A Brief History of Infinity were both longlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books. He has written for publications including Nature, The Times and BBC Focus.

Monday 6th September 7.30pm “Slowdown” – Prof Danny Dorling

Danny Dorling talking about the pandemic as well as some of the ideas in his book: “SLOWDOWN: The end of the Great Acceleration – and Why It’s Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives”.

Do you think human population growth is out of control? Maybe it isn’t!

 Are you often told that the pace of technological change is speeding ever faster and faster? But is it?

 Are we becoming ever more productive worldwide with economic growth each decade always out stripping the past? No?

 So, what is speeding up and when was the great acceleration?

 Come hear a few ideas, ask questions, argue, tell where I am wrong and on what we might agree    

Danny Dorling is a professor in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. He was previously a professor for a decade at the University of Sheffield, and before then a professor at the University of Leeds. In early 2021 the paperback edition of his book with Yale University Press on: “Slowdown: The End of the Great Acceleration—and Why It’s Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives was published. Later in 2021, jointly with Annika Koljonen, he is publishing an updated paperback edition of: Finntopia: what we can learn from the world’s happiest country with Agenda publishing and Columbia University Press. He is a patron of the road crash charity RoadPeace, and in his spare time he makes sandcastles.    

4th October 2021 “Moar Dinosaurs!” Dr Neil Gostling

1st November 2021 “The Cultured Chimpanzee” – Dr Mimi Arandjelovic

6th Deccember 2021 Prof Oscar Campos-Dias