The Birth of Quantum Physics – Carlo Rovelli and Conrad Shawcross 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. Carlo Rovelli and Conrad Shawcross explore the idea of the quantum – the enigmatic and fiercely debated fundamental notion that a physical property can be quantised. Get Carlo’s book: https://geni.us/ODP0Fz Watch the Q&A: https://youtu.be/PUpBgP4zVxk Carlo Rovelli’s new book Helgoland opens with the night the young Werner Heisenberg has an idea that…

How Irrationality Created Modern Science – with Michael Strevens 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. Michael Strevens argues that science came about only once thinkers stumbled upon the idea that scientific breakthroughs could be accomplished by breaking the rules of logical argument. Get Michael’s book: https://geni.us/knolmach Watch the Q&A: https://youtu.be/ZOq–OyMQEo Modern science has done amazing things: creating covid vaccines, sending humans to the moon, finding the…

Overloaded: How Your Brain Chemicals Influence Your Life – with Ginny Smith 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. Scientists are uncovering the unexpected connections between crucial neurotransmitters and our thoughts, memories and emotions. Get Ginny’s book: https://geni.us/VDR94gV Watch the Q&A: https://youtu.be/Ih2SsEfYE1Q Join Ginny Smith as she explores her latest book ‘Overloaded’ and the role that neurotransmitters play in every aspect of our lives. Everything from what we remember, how…

Did the Universe Spring from Chaos? – with Guido Tonelli 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. What happened in the first few moments of our Universe’s existence? Today, scientists armed with giant telescopes and powerful particle accelerators, are probing the outer reaches of matter and the cosmos. Guido’s book "Genesis: The Ultimate Origin Story" is available now: https://geni.us/tonelligenesis Watch the Q&A: https://youtu.be/Gdm5zMqj6fA Guido Tonelli is an Italian…

How Do Crime Labs Translate Forensic Evidence into Proof? – with Beth Bechky 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. From DNA profiles to comparisons of bullets, fingerprints, and shoeprints, forensic science findings are widely used in police investigations and courtrooms. Beth’s book "Blood, Powder, and Residue" is available now: https://geni.us/wVRTF5E Watch the Q&A: https://youtu.be/kc2nLhyr7KM Drawing on eighteen months of rigorous fieldwork in a crime lab of a major metro area,…

The Spike: How Your Brain Uses Electrical Impulses to Communicate – with Mark Humphries 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. In the 2.1 seconds that an impulse travels through our brain, billions of neurons communicate with one another. Blips of voltage are sent through our sensory and motor regions. Neuroscientists call these blips ‘spikes’. Get Mark’s book: https://geni.us/5O61 Watch the Q&A: https://youtu.be/YbT4cmLI4tc Join Mark Humphries as he draws on decades of…

Effective Data Visualisation – with Valentina D’Efilippo 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. Effective data visualisation comes in many shapes and sizes, but how do you move away from a standard bar chart? Watch the Q&A: https://youtu.be/8DOd8afdeBg Valentina D’Efilippo is a designer, illustrator, and creative director based in London. Valentina enjoys working with public organisations, start-ups, agencies and global brands. After leading the design…

Our Quest to Understand the Cosmos – Brian Greene in Conversation with Jo Marchant 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. How did the universe begin and how will it end? Brian’s book Until the End of Time is available now: https://geni.us/ribriangreene Watch the Q&A: https://youtu.be/EdJzHG1N9Pg To celebrate the launch of paperback edition of ‘Until the End of Time’, Brian Greene’s riveting exploration into the cosmos and our quest to understand it,…

How Far Can We Push the Human Body? – with Dr Rohin Francis 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. Human bodies are remarkably resilient and capable of incredible feats in the most inhospitable of environments. Subscribe to Rohin’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/MedlifeCrisis Watch the Q&A: https://youtu.be/6GuboNm-Y1M Modern medicine has blurred the lines between life and death, and is showing no signs of stopping. Rohin explores how humans are pushing their bodies further…

Vaccines: Warriors and Worriers 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. How do vaccines work? Why are people sceptical despite the evidence? How does disinformation about vaccines spread online? Join Marianna Spring, Zania Stamataki and Abigail Thorn (PhilosophyTube) in a panel discussion hosted by Anjana Ahuja. Zania Stamataki is a senior lecturer and researcher in viral immunology at the University of Birmingham.…

A History of Nerve Agents – with Dan Kaszeta 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. Dan Kaszeta uncovers the development and propagation of nerve agents, the world’s deadliest means of chemical warfare. Dan Kaszeta’s book “Toxic” is available now: https://geni.us/z4N8f From their 1930s invention to the 2018 Novichok attack in Britain, Dan Kaszeta uncovers nerve agents’ gradual spread across the world, despite international arms control efforts.…

What’s the Point of Maths? – with Nira Chamberlain 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. All around the world children, and even some adults, ask the question: ‘What is the point of mathematics?’. The field of mathematical modelling not only helps answer this question, it can help quench the human thirst for knowledge. Watch the Q&A: https://youtu.be/veMihd8yzwk Subscribe for regular science videos: http://bit.ly/RiSubscRibe Dr Nira Chamberlain…

The Art of Rest – with Claudia Hammond 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. At a time when our lives are more frantic and stressful than ever, switching off has never been more challenging. Claudia Hammond interrogates "The Rest Test" – the largest global study ever done into the vital activity of resting. Claudia’s book "The Art of Rest: How to Find Respite in the…

The value of the human in the age of automation | Anders Sandberg & Waqas Ahmed 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. We are already seeing the impact of automation on the job market. Presently, machine intelligence is only industry-specific, but ultimately it will greatly exceed the cognitive performance of humans in virtually all domains of interest. As such ‘super-intelligent’ systems develop, what jobs would humans have? Will there be any value to…

Why is Norway Rising? – Christmas Lectures with James Jackson 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. Subscribe for regular science videos: http://bit.ly/RiSubscRibe The Ri is on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TheRoyalInstitution and Twitter: http://twitter.com/ri_science and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/royalinstitution and Tumblr: http://ri-science.tumblr.com/ Our editorial policy: http://www.rigb.org/home/editorial-policy Subscribe for the latest science videos: http://bit.ly/RiNewsletter Product links on this page may be affiliate links which means it won’t cost you any extra but we…

Yang-Mills, Hodge, and Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer – Million Dollar Equations Part 2 with Tom Crawford 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. Tom Crawford is back to describe the remaining three million dollar maths problems. Watch the Q&A: https://youtu.be/M4falMG3GIA Watch the first four problems: https://youtu.be/f251NkeDVB8 Subscribe for regular science videos: http://bit.ly/RiSubscRibe The seven million dollar equations are: the Riemann hypothesis, Navier-Stokes equations, P vs NP, the Poincare conjecture, Yang-Mills mass-gap hypothesis, the Birch…

The Pattern Seekers: A New Theory of Human Invention – with Simon Baron-Cohen 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen argues that our ability to identify patterns, particularly if-and-then patterns, allows humans to be the only animals on the planet with the ability to invent things. Simon’s book: ‘The Pattern Seekers’ is available now: https://geni.us/d5gG Watch the Q&A: https://youtu.be/h0EUEOyq4eQ From the first musical instrument to the digital revolutions,…

Why Do Volcanic Eruptions Form Mushrooms Clouds? – Christmas Lectures with James Jackson 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. Volcanic eruptions form distinctive mushroom clouds when the extremely hot mixture of gas, magma and rocks shoots out of the volcano at high speed. Watch the full third lecture of the series: https://www.rigb.org/christmas-lectures/watch/1995/planet-earth-an-explorers-guide/volcanoes-melting-the-earth?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=social&utm_term=description James Jackson gave the 1995 Christmas Lectures "Planet Earth: An Explorer’s Guide" about the inner workings of planet…

How Do We Know That the Earth’s Magnetic Poles Have Flipped? – Christmas Lectures with James Jackson 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. Volcanic rocks contain small bits of iron oxide that get magnetised in the direction of the Earth’s magnetic field as they cool. Comparing rocks of different ages reveals the magnetic history of our planet. Watch the full second lecture of the series: https://www.rigb.org/christmas-lectures/watch/1995/planet-earth-an-explorers-guide/secrets-of-the-deep?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=social&utm_term=description James Jackson gave the 1995 Christmas Lectures "Planet…

What is the Sun Made Of? – Christmas Lectures with James Jackson 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. What is the sun made of? And can the answers we find there help us figure out what’ deep inside our own planet – Earth? Watch the full first lecture of the series: https://www.rigb.org/christmas-lectures/watch/1995/planet-earth-an-explorers-guide/on-the-edge-of-the-world?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=social&utm_term=description James Jackson gave the 1995 Christmas Lectures "Planet Earth: An Explorer’s Guide" about the inner workings of…

What Does It Mean to Be Intelligent? – with Howard Gardner 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. Howard Gardner’s landmark theory of multiple intelligences called into question the value of the IQ test and the notion that someone’s intelligence is dominated by a single, measurable general ability. Howard’s memoir ‘A Synthesizing Mind’ is available now: https://geni.us/qkhl Watch the Q&A: https://youtu.be/DbHO3x005H8 Subscribe for regular science videos: http://bit.ly/RiSubscRibe — A…

Diary of an Apprentice Astronaut – with Samantha Cristoforetti 0 (0)

From The Royal Institution. Samantha Cristoforetti is an Italian astronaut who currently holds the record for the longest uninterrupted spaceflight by a European astronaut. This is her story. Buy Samantha’s book: https://geni.us/v7WFBy Watch the Q&A: https://youtu.be/sFtqFXzZ15s Subscribe for regular science videos: http://bit.ly/RiSubscRibe In conversation with Martin Davies, Samantha discusses the two hundred days she spent…