From Carl Sagan to Tim Peake
Thursday, February 2 2017 at 7:30PM
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39 Mount Ephraim
What's the talk about?
Tim Peake's recent visit to the International Space Station has placed a fresh spotlight on the latest developments in space exploration. But space travel is still a pretty new area of human endeavour and our ideas about what and who might be out there have constantly shifted over the years. One place this is particularly apparent is in the famous Christmas Lectures held by the Royal Institution each year.
Last year Colin was lucky enough to rummage around in their archives and write a book about 13 of the lectures devoted to space and time. The first was delivered way back in 1881. The last was the 2015 lectures featuring a message from Tim from orbit (he also wrote the foreword for the book). And how our ideas have changed. In this talk Colin will be sharing some of the stories from the lectures, along with some of his favourite anecdotes about digging through the archives including finding Carl Sagan's immigration form and Dewar's radioactive notebooks.
Colin Stuart (@skyponderer) is an astronomy author, writer and speaker who talks to tens of thousands of people a year about the universe and he regularly writes for magazines including BBC Focus and New Scientist.