Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Brian Cox's Voltaire Lecture

I've just returned from The Voltaire Lecture given by Brian Cox at Conway Hall. It was a privilege to have been able to get a ticket, since there was greater demand than the hall could contain. Not only was his recent TV programme on "The Wonders of the Solar System" inspiring and instructive, but he is also an excellent speaker. He made it clear that this country still "punches above its weight" in Science, but a lot of this is down to our scientific heritage and we may end up living off this capital and decline if we fail to invest in research. The other side of his lecture was on the simplicity and elegance of the standard model of the fundamental particles, as it is now conceived, and the details of the big bang scenario. He joked about an astrologer's claim that everything in the universe is connected, but pointed out that this is in fact the case, though possibly not in the way envisaged by the astrologer.

1 comment:

  1. Last night was the third time I had heard Brian Cox speak but the first for a full scale lecture. For someone who has spent a lifetime being scared of science and thinking I was not clever enough to be able to understand the subject, Brian Cox is the first person who has made me feel I could understand this subject and has opened my eyes to the beauty and wonderment of our planet and the universe seen through a scientific eye. George is right it was a priviledge to be there last night.