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  • 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.