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New Scientist Big Ideas in Physics Online Lecture Series

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Four online evening lectures in 2021 covering some of the most mind blowing ideas in physics

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Big Ideas in Physics Series

The new Big Ideas in Physics series from New Scientist events presents four online evening lectures in the first half of 2021, covering reality, quantum physics and the universe.

Save £15 off the standard ticket price by purchasing an series ticket to four live online “Big Ideas in Physics” lectures (also available on-demand) or purchase single tickets for just £13 per lecture (early booking rate), to hear from the finest minds in science in 2021.

Series line-up:

MAKING SENSE OF QUANTUM THEORY WITH CARLO ROVELLI

Thursday 1 April 2021 | 6-7pm BST | 1-2 EDT | ON-demand

In this talk, Carlo Rovelli, one of our most celebrated scientists, will tell the extraordinary story of quantum physics and reveals its deep meaning: a world made of substances is replaced by a world made of relations, each particle responding to another in a never ending game of mirrors.

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HOW FAST IS THE UNIVERSE GROWING WITH JO DUNKLY

Thursday 6 May 2021 | 6-7pm BST | 1-2pm EDT | On-demand

The universe as we know it began in a Big Bang almost 14 billion years ago. In this talk, Astrophysicist and Professor of Physics, Jo Dunkley will tell the story of how we have come to know this to be true, and how we have been able to find out how fast space is growing. She will discuss the fascinating conundrum facing astronomers today: the two methods of measuring the rate that space is growing, and the age of the universe, don’t agree. Have we got something wrong in our understanding of the universe? Jo will describe her team’s contribution to answering this question, using a telescope high in the Chilean desert.

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HOW TIME WORKS WITH SEAN CARROLL

Thursday 3 June 2021 | 6-7pm EST | 1-2pm EDT |On-demand

“Time” is the most-used noun in the English language, yet some physicists don’t even believe that time is real. In this talk, Research Professor of theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology Sean Carroll will argue that time is real, yet that some aspects of it remain mysterious. Time seems to move forward because entropy increases — the universe was orderly in the past, and grows more disorderly toward the future. Scientists are currently working to puzzle together how increasing entropy explains memory, aging, and why our decisions can affect the future but not the past.

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TEN KEYS TO REALITY WITH FRANK WILCZEK

On-demand recording (Recorded live: 28 January 2021)

In this talk Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek will present a simple yet profound exploration of reality based on the deep revelations of modern science, discussing how we come to see our reality in a new way - bigger, fuller, and stranger than it looked before. Synthesizing basic questions, facts, and dazzling speculations, Frank will discuss the ideas that form our understanding of the universe: time, space, matter, energy, complexity, and complementarity.

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This event is suitable for anyone with an interest in the subjects under discussion or a more general scientific interest. However if you are attending the event in a professional capacity you may be interested to know that this event is accredited by the CPD Certification Service and CPD certificates are available to attendees on request by contacting live@newscientist.com.

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These events will run between Thursday 21 January 2021 and 30 November 2021. Each event will last for approximately one hour. Access to a recordings of each event will be exclusively available to ticket purchasers for the 12 months following the live event. The on-demand recording will be available to view within 24 hours of the live discussion.
Eventbrite will email you a confirmation immediately after purchase. You will receive a separate email for each event with a link to access the event. These will be sent prior to each event; please note that each link is unique and should not be shared. The event auditorium will also provide access to the other items included in your ticket.
Tickets are non-transferable to any other New Scientist event.
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New Scientist reserves the right to alter the event and its line-up, or cancel the event. In the unlikely event of cancellation, all tickets will be fully refunded. New Scientist Ltd will not be liable for any additional expenses incurred by ticket holders in relation to the event.
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