Early this month I saw this tweet.
— Uni of Leicester (@uniofleicester) January 6, 2018
Jim Al-Khalili is one of my favourite science communicators, I have probably watch all of the shows he has presented on the BBC, ones that come to mind include: Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity; Order and Disorder; and The Secrets of Quantum Mechanics. Not only did I enjoy them the first time I saw them whilst I was in secondary school, I also enjoy to rewatch them now I know more about the physics he is explaining. I also have read a couple of his books. I have read Quantum Mechanics: A Guide For The Perplexed, and was part way through reading Black Holes Wormholes & Time Machines in preparation for my pair project (more on this later blog) when I saw this tweet.
So instantly I clicked on the link and got my tickets. I am glad I did, because they sold out very quickly (the event was free but had limited capacity). In brief, the event was to be a lecture by Jim Al-Khalili as organised by the East Midlands branch of the IOP. The event was to be held on campus which was great because that is only a 10 minute walk for me.
The lecture itself was fantastic, it was held on the wednesday just gone and delved deep into what physics has to say about free will. I won’t tell you about the lecture in detail because it should be available online next week (watch this space), however I was quite surprised by the conclusions he came to. After the lecture there was a reception and I got to meet Jim Al-Khalili in person, I didn’t stay for long but I did have a little chat with him about physics. He was really nice, and was happy to answer my questions (and I always have a lot of questions). I hope in the future I get to meet him again so I can thank him for inspiring to do a physics degree (I kinda forgot to do this because of the physics questions I wanted to ask him and also because other people wanted to talk to him).
If you are interested in events like these I would recommend following @uniofleicester on twitter, there is bound to be something for you.
“All scientists must communicate their work, for what is the point of learning new things about how the world works if you don’t tell anyone about them?”