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  • Fiction Book Club at Blackwell's High Holborn

    Tuesday, August 30th at 18:30
    Join us for the second meeting of our fiction bookclub where we’ll be talking about Anthony Doerr’s fantastic All The Light We Cannot See – it’s completely free (bring your own bottle) and we’re always thrilled to meet new members.

    So if chilled book chat is your thing, this is the book group for you! Plus, we’ll give you a discount off the book for the next month’s group.

    Let us know you’re coming…
  • Ed Yong at The Royal Institution

    Thursday, September 1st at 19:00 - 20:30
    Your body is teeming with tens of trillions of microbes. It’s an entire world, a colony full of life, a thriving ecosystem. These microscopic companions sculpt our organs, protect us from diseases, guide our behaviour, and bombard us with their genes. They also hold the key to understanding all life on earth.

    Join chair Adam Rutherford and science writer Ed Yong to learn how bacteria can alter our response to cancer-fighting drugs, tune our immune system, influence our evolution, and even modify our genetic make-up. This event will be followed by a bookstall with Blackwell's High Holborn where copies of Ed Yong's latest book I Contain Multitudes will be available.

    Click here to buy tickets from The Royal Institution.
  • Workstorming at Blackwell's High Holborn with Rob Kendall - The Conversation Expert

    Thursday, September 8th at 18:30
    A huge portion of our working day is devoted to conversation, whether person to person, over the phone, or via email. Despite this, much of the talking we do can leave us feeling unheard, bogged down in trivial disputes, or as if we are going in circles. In his new book Workstorming, Rob Kendall roots out the typical warning signs that indicate a conversation is about to go wrong, and explains how to change the way you speak and listen to achieve positive outcomes at work.

    Blackwell's are excited to be joined by Rob in the shop to celebrate this latest publication, for a talk and Q&A session all about the importance of conversations. Rob has worked with over 70 organisations across 5 continents. He is also a Non-Executive Director of BAFTA and EMMY winning visual effects company Jellyfish Pictures.

    Tickets are £3 and can be booked here.
  • Ian Stewart at The Royal Institution

    Thursday, September 15th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Mathematics has been the driving force in astronomy and cosmology since the ancient Babylonians, from Kepler’s influence on Newton to Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, which was inspired by irregularities in the motion of Mars. Introduced by mathematician Hannah Fry, former Christmas Lecturer Ian Stewart will be your guide to the maths of the Universe.

    This event will be followed by a bookstall with Blackwell's High Holborn where copies of Ian Stewart's latest book Calculating the Cosmos will be available.

    Click here to buy tickets from The Royal Institution.
  • New Scientist Live at ExCel London

    Thursday, September 22nd at 11:00 TO Sunday, September 25th at 19:00
    We are very excited to be attending New Scientist Live at ExCel London in September, where science will be celebrated in four immersive zones; Brain & Body, Technology, Earth and Cosmos.

    New Scientist Live is a festival of ideas and discovery. Rooted in the biggest, best and most provocative science, New Scientist Live will touch on all areas of human life. For four days this September, New Scientist Live will be like no other place on earth.

    Blackwell's are proud to be a bookshop partner for this event, and will be showcasing authors books alongside all the best that science writing has to offer.

    Tickets are still available for this fantastic event, and can be purchased here.
  • Space & Aliens Launch Party

    Saturday, October 1st at 14:00 - 15:00
    Join the Emma Press for the launch of their second poetry anthology for children, Watcher of the Skies: Poems about Space and Aliens. The book is aimed at children aged 8+, but all ages are very welcome to come along. Tea and cake will be provided!

    The event will be presented by editor Rachel Piercey and illustrator Emma Wright, and there will be poetry readings from John Canfield, Mary Anne Clark, Dom Conlon, Julie Douglas, Sarah Doyle, Cheryl Moskovitz, Dale Neal, Phil Monks, Rachael Nicholas, Richard O'Brien, Rachel Piercey, Gita Ralleigh, Lawrence Schimel, Mike Sims, Camellia Stafford, Kate Wakeling, Rob Walton and Kate Wise.

    This event is free, but book now so we know how much cake to bring!
  • David Bodanis at The Royal Institution

    Monday, October 3rd at 19:00 - 20:30
    Widely considered the greatest genius of all time, Albert Einstein revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos with his general theory of relativity and helped to lead us into the atomic age. Yet in the final decades of his life he was also ignored by most working scientists, his ideas opposed by even his closest friends. Join bestselling author of E=mc², David Bodanis, as he discusses Einstein's Greatest Mistake, a brisk, accessible biography of Albert Einstein that reveals the genius and hubris of the titan of modern science.

    This event will be followed by a bookstall with Blackwell's High Holborn where copies of David Bodanis' latest book Einstein's Greatest Mistake will be available.

    Click here to buy tickets from The Royal Institution.
  • Marcus du Sautoy at The Royal Institution

    Thursday, October 13th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Is it possible that we will one day know everything? Or are there fields of research that will always lie beyond the bounds of human comprehension? Former Christmas Lecturer Marcus du Sautoy will lead us on a thought-provoking expedition to the furthest reaches of modern science.

    This event will be followed by a bookstall with Blackwell's High Holborn where copies of Marcus du Sautoy's latest book What We Cannot Know will be available.

    Click here to buy tickets from The Royal Institution.
  • Sean Carroll at the Royal Institution

    Monday, October 17th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Award-winning scientist and writer Sean Carroll ties together the fundamental laws of physics governing the workings of the cosmos with the everyday human experience we all share. He will take us on a breath-taking journey from the origin of the Universe, through the evolution of life and consciousness, to the eternal question of what it all really means.

    This event will be followed by a bookstall with Blackwell's High Holborn where copies of Sean Carroll's latest book The Big Picture will be available.

    Click here to buy tickets from The Royal Institution.
  • Jim Al-Khalili at The Royal Institution

    Monday, November 7th at 19:00 - 20:30
    For millennia, humans have looked to the stars in wonder – are we alone in the universe? From studying extreme life on earth to searching for planets and listening for alien signals, science seems to be bringing us ever closer to answering this question. Jim Al-Khalili will discuss just how close we are to our first close encounter.

    This event will be followed by a bookstall with Blackwell's High Holborn where copies of Jim Al-Khalili's latest book Aliens will be available.

    Click here to buy tickets from The Royal Institution.
  • Tom Whipple at The Royal Institution

    Friday, November 11th at 18:00 - 19:15
    As everyone knows, it's not the winning that counts, it's the taking part. Nonsense: that is the battle cry of the loser. From an aerodynamicist's advice on paper aeroplanes, to a game theorist's thoughts on Monopoly, or Andy McNab's tips on pillow fighting, Tom Whipple has spoken to preposterously overqualified experts to learn some of the surprising science behind how to win at games.

    This talk is particularly suitable for ages 12+.

    This event will be followed by a bookstall with Blackwell's High Holborn where copies of Tom Whipple's latest book How to Win Games and Beat People will be available.

    Click here to buy tickets from The Royal Institution.