About this day
A limitless world awaits…
Five sessions of phenomenal physics will be brought to you by the brightest lights in the field. From the big bang to superconductors to rebuilding our society from scratch, meet the physicists who go above and beyond science as we know it. A special session on examination success will provide students with the tools to excel.
Programme & speakers
Big Bang Simon Singh, Writer and broadcaster
Simon will tell the story behind one of the greatest questions in the history of humanity – where did the universe come from? Is the universe eternal or was it created? Is the Big Bang the answer?
About Simon Singh
Simon is an author and broadcaster. His books include Fermat’s Last Theorem, The Code Book, The Big Bang, Trick or Treatment and most recently The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets.
Superconductivity: From flying trains to bottled stars Andrew Steele, Cancer Research UK
Superconductors are bizarre materials which can give us superpowers, from levitation to X-ray vision. Andrew will demonstrate how these superpowers come about, and how we can make use of them in technology, from healthcare to nuclear fusion!
About Andrew Steele
Andrew is a physicist making the transition to biology. He works as a computational biologist at Cancer Research UK, after a PhD researching magnetism and superconductivity at Oxford University. He is also the winner of FameLab UK 2012, a blogger with the Guardian and The Conversation and presenter of the Lab, Camera, Action! series on YouTube (youtube.com/labcameraaction). Follow @statto on Twitter to find out what else he’s up to!
The Knowledge - how to rebuild our world from scratch Lewis Dartnell, University of Leicester
Imagine the world as we know it ends tomorrow. What do any of us living in modern society know about how to actually make or do anything? What science would you need in order to reconstruct civilization from scratch? Join Lewis to find out!
About Lewis Dartnell
Lewis Dartnell graduated from The Queen’s College, Oxford with a degree in Biological Sciences then moved to University College London for a four-year combined MRes-PhD programme with the Centre for Mathematics & Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology department. He now works at the University of Leicester, researching the possibility of microbial life surviving in the surface dust of Mars.
Exploring the invisible universe Jen Gupta, Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth
We see only a tiny fraction of all there is in our possibly-infinite universe. Jen will look at the universe in different wavelengths across the electromagnetic spectrum, and explore some of the unsolved mysteries facing astrophysicists and cosmologists today.
About Jen Gupta
Jen Gupta is an astrophysicist who loves to talk about how awesome space is with anyone who will listen!
Rock in 11 dimensions Mark Lewney, Mathematician and physicist
This mind-expanding and ear-stimulating talk will reveal how rock guitars make their distinctive sounds; how string vibrations might answer questions about the Big Bang; and, how the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – the biggest experiment ever built – might let us peek into extra dimensions.
About Mark Lewney
Dr Mark Lewney, the Rock Doctor, winner of the first ever FameLab competition and guitar physicist blows your ears with rock guitar and blows your mind by Superstring Theory.