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The science of thrill (Discourse)

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The Royal Institution of Great Britain

21 Albemarle Street

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W1S 4BS

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Why did the world's earliest loop-the-loop coasters have nurses on permanent standby? Exactly how far do you need to be dropped in the pitch black for it to become terrifying? And why do you (maybe) enjoy it?

This talk explores the art and science to creating thrilling adventure in real life, with examples from over the last fifteen years.

Join thrill engineer Brendan Walker as he explores everything from the psychophysiology to the theatrical set design needed to stage these intricate ride experiences.

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Discourses are one of the Ri’s oldest and most prestigious series of talks. Since 1825, audiences in the theatre have witnessed countless mind-expanding moments, including the first public liquefaction of air by James Dewar, the announcement of the electron by JJ Thomson and over 100 lectures by Michael Faraday. In more recent times, we have had Nobel laureates, Fields medal winners, scientists, authors and artists – all from the cutting-edge of their field. Discourses are an opportunity for the best and brightest to share their work with the world.

Steeped in nearly two centuries of tradition, a Discourse is more than just a lecture. To keep the focus on the topic, presenters begin sharply at 7:30pm without introduction and we lock the speaker into a room ten minutes ahead of the start (legend has it that a speaker once tried to escape!). Some of our guests dress smartly for our Discourse events to add to this sense of occasion.

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Find out more about the history of the Friday Evening Discourses on our blog.

The doors will open at approximately 6.45pm, with a prompt start at 7.30pm. There will be a brief question/answer period after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted to the gallery.

Event image Brendan Walker.

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