We decided on the name for this event because… well, it’s true. Sid Rodrigues from London Skeptics in the Pub will host a panel of science writers and scientific novelists to talk about science in popular culture, the weirder aspects of science and anything else you want to ask them.
Manjit Kumar has degrees in physics and philosophy, writes for New Scientist and various broadsheets and has published Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality, a history of quantum physics (a discipline which is impossible to read about without needing to go away and whimper in a darkened room. Neils Bohr, one of the subject’s of Manjit’s book, is famous for saying “anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it”). Quantum was shortlisted for the 2009 Samuel Johnson prize for nonfiction and longlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize.
Michael Brooks has a PhD in quantum physics (which makes him an excellent person to ask about that Neils Bohr quotation) and is a consultant at New Scientist magazine. He’s also the author of the bestselling 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense which looks at anomalies that science can’t explain; like the way we can only identify 4% of the universe’s contents, why the Pioneer 10 and 11 space probes are drifting off course, the placebo effect and even free will.
Jennifer L. Rohn has a PhD in microbiology and is currently an academic cell biologist at University College London. She’s also the author of two novels about science and with scientists at their core: Experimental Heart and The Honest Look. Jenny launched the website LabLit.com to promote science in mainstream fiction and is founder and chair of Science is Vital, a group campaigning against cuts to science funding.
Skeptics in the Pub is a network of lecture nights taking place in pubs across the country, with speakers ranging from Jon Ronson, Ben Goldacre, Ariane Sherine and David Aaronovitch, and with subjects covering science, history, philosophy or anything worthy of debate. They’re really fun nights, and London Skeptics organiser Sid will be bringing a little bit of the pub to St Swithun’s hall.
This will all be happening on Wednesday 14th September at 7.30pm. See the events page for more information.