“Why is there structure in the universe and from what does it arise?” is the question from the Royal Astronomical Society this lunchtime, when Dr Simon Mitton will take us on a journey through the history of astronomy as it tries to answer this most fundamental question of all; why is there something rather than nothing? 1-2pm; no need to book.
If you’re one of those people who has always wanted to know about Black Holes or String Theory, but it seems too late to ask, the Royal Society is the place to be tonight with Rothschild Visiting Professor Andrew Strominger of Harvard University giving a public lecture explaining those very things. 6:30 – 7:30; free and no need to book.
“What you see depends on how you look: Time & space in scientific imagery” is the lecture by award warning author and Professor of the History of Science Patricia Fara at the Royal Institution tonight, where she asks how we can represent time and space in two dimensions and whether all reality is subjective. 7pm start; tickets £10.
The usual lunchtime lectures: the battle between Helvius and Hooke for the future of astronomical instuments at the Royal Society (1-2pm) and how Bayesian Probability and artificial intelligence meet in the Xbox at UCL (1:05 – 1:50pm). Both free.
A brand new event opens to the public tonight which seems quite special: the Imperial Festival. Two days of celebrating all things Imperial College, with demonstrations, displays, shows and interactive activities, all open to the public. Just a sample of the activities includes a special Science Showoff (in pop-up pub, the Haemo Globe Inn, of course!), pop-up surgery where you can see medics showing their response to a heart attack, Soapbox Science, in which researchers take to their Soapboxes and making your own planisphere. Suitable for the whole family and free to attend; 6-10pm tonight and continues all day on Saturday.
The Imperial Festival continues today, running 12-6pm with a huge range of activities, including a talk by Eugene Cernan, the last man to set foot on the moon. Completely free; drop in any time but see the website for the programme details.
The Wellcome Collection continues with its series of neuroscience themed events to support its current brain exhibition and today looks at puppetry and how tiny changes in angle can completely change what we think we see. With Stephen Mottram, puppeteer and Paul Downing, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Bangor University. Saturday, 3-4:30pm, free but book in advance.
You can follow nature.com blog’s London Google calendar of events at http://blogs.nature.com/london/2011/05/17/scientific-events-calendar. Updated daily.
As well as our regularly maintained calendar, you can find lots of other suggestions of science-y events in London. We have compiled a list of some other places to look: we will continue adding to this list, and please do, as always, send us additions for it:
Collections and calendars
Londonist recommendations: All things scientific, technical and geeky
Ian Visits: A calendar of all types of events in London, including science and engineering, with added editorial
Museums, societies etc:
Wellcome Collection: Regular events and exhibitions of a medical flavour at the Wellcome Collection on Euston Road
Royal Institution: Miscellaneous science and policy events
Royal Society: Science, policy and conferences
ZSL: Zoological Society of London; occasional events on conservation and zoology
Hunterian Museum: Part of the Royal College of Surgeons, with a treasure trove of specimens and surgical paraphenalia
University calendars (usually featuring dozens of events per week)