Wednesday, September 24 2014 at 8:00PM
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Elephant & Castle
Dr Michael Brooks
What's the talk about?
The atom. The Big Bang. DNA. Natural selection. All ideas that have revolutionised science – and that were dismissed out of hand when they first appeared. The surprises haven’t stopped: there's a whole new wave of unexpected insights that are shaping the future of scientific discovery. There are the cosmological observations that might rewrite our history of the universe, novel biological ideas behind our will to live, the possibility that humans are quantum beings, that women and men need entirely different medicines, that the cosmos is a computer (with us as the programmers), that time is an illusion and that merging humans with other species is a good idea. In this talk, Michael Brooks will explore all these ideas and more - which may all turn out to be wrong. That's the problem with science: you're always working at the edge of uncertainty and you never know when someone's going to push you off...
Michael Brooks is a consultant at New Scientist and writes a weekly science column for the New Statesman. He is the author of At The Edge of Uncertainty, The Secret Anarchy of Science and the bestselling non-fiction title 13 Things That Don't Make Sense. He has a PhD in quantum physics, was the first person in the UK to be tasered and has been known to dabble in politics, standing in the 2010 general election for the now-deregistered Science Party
His writing has also appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer, The Times Higher Education, The Philadelphia Inquirer and many other newspapers and magazines. He has lectured at various places, including New York University, The American Museum of Natural History and Cambridge University.
Michael's website is http://www.michaelbrooks.org/