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When the Big Bang Went Pop - Popular science writing: what it tells us and...
Sat 27 May 2017, 12:00 – 13:00 BST
Popular science writing: what it tells us and what it can’t, with BBC presenter and author Timandra Harkness, award-winning authors Oliver Morton and Dr Roberto Trotta, and string-theory expert Professor Joseph Conlon.
Is it possible to explain complex ideas (eg quantum mechanics) to a general readership?
Does popular science leading to an expectation of scientific success that is difficult to satisfy (Beagle on Mars, medical cures for cancer/dementia/etc)
Have popular-science communicators failed? (some surveys show half of Britons don’t accept evolution)
Prof Joseph Conlon - Author of ‘Why String Theory?’, the very recent popular-science book explaining the who, what and why of string theory to a general audience (CRC Press) and Professor of Theoretical Physics and Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.
Timandra Harkness - BBC radio presenter (‘FutureProofing’, ‘Data, Data Everywhere’, ‘Personality Politics & The Singularity’, ‘The Human Zoo’), stand-up comedian, comedy writer, and author of the forthcoming ‘Big Data: Does Size Matter?’ (Sigma).
Oliver Morton - Award-winning science journalist and author of ‘The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World’ (Princeton U.P.), ‘Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet’ (Fourth Estate), and ‘Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination, and the Birth of a World’ (Picador) and is the man after whom Asteroid 10716 is named.
Dr Roberto Trotta - Author of the award-winning ‘The Edge of the Sky: All you Need to Know about the All-There-Is’ (Basic) – ‘the big science questions in the 1,000 most common words in English’, and theoretical cosmologist in the astrophysics group of Imperial College London.
Chair: Simon Hardeman - Journalist, former comedian, and leader of Greenwich University’s journalism courses. Simon was a science journalist on ITV Channel 5 News, created the UK’s first daily environment column, and created the regular ‘Today’s Tomorrow’ science slot on Lorraine Kelly’s radio show, where he and Lorraine debated quantum mechanics.
Age: 12+ years
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