London – Physics

Monday 27th February 2017

10.45am to 3.30pm
Friends House

plus two examiner sessions

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The Scientists appearing on the day

Prof Jim Al-Khalili

Do We live in a Deterministic Universe?He is professor of physics at the University of Surrey and also has a chair in the Public Engagement of Science. He won a Faraday prize for science communication. His documentaries include Order and Disorder, Everything and Nothing, Chemistry: A Volatile History and The Secrets of the Quantum Universe on the BBC. He is also the presenter of the BBC Radio 4 series, The Life Scientific. He is the author of several science books, including Paradox: The nine greatest enigmas in science and Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science and most recently Life on the Edge: The Coming Age of Quantum Biology. His lecture will get to grips with one of the deepest questions mankind has ever asked.

Dr Helen Czerski

From Bubbles to Oceans: the big wide World of Fluid Dynamics
She is a physicist, oceanographer and broadcaster, based at University College London and is a presenter for the BBC. Her time in the laboratory is spent carrying out experiments to study the fundamental physics of coated bubbles, something which also leads her out to sea to catch the bubbles in action. Her research has ranged from experimental explosives physics to her current work on bubbles and fluid dynamics, stemming from a fascination with the world of small-scale phenomena.

Dr Tom Whyntie

An Introduction to Particle Physics
A visiting academic with the Particle Physics Research Centre at Queen Mary, University of London, Dr Whyntie is also a resident scientist for the CERN@school project. He completed his PhD at Imperial College in London and also at CERN in Geneva. His wide-ranging research and wonderful skills in communicating complex ideas makes him the perfect person to give an introduction to particle physics.

Dr Lucie Green

On Space Exploration 

A solar researcher based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics, she will be talking about her fascinating area of study: the activity in the atmosphere of our nearest star, the Sun. She has been a Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow and is a member of the Education Committee at the Royal Society. She has contributed to The Sky at NightThe Infinite Monkey Cage and presented Stardate on the BBC.


Dr Michael Brooks

On gravity and its mysteries

Michael Brooks, who holds a PhD in quantum physics, is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He is a consultant at New Scientist and writes  a weekly 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