Curious to hear about the days Einstein spent alone in a hut in rural England? How to save the Arctic? Or why some people are more prone to weight gain than others? The talks delve into each of those topics as leading scientists and researchers gather in this world-famous theatre to help us understand the way science shapes our lives.
Einstein on the run
Tuesday 29 October, 7 – 8:30PM
Albert Einstein was a theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity
In autumn 1933, Albert Einstein found himself living alone in an isolated holiday hut in rural England. There, he made some of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time – while occasionally stepping out for walks or to play his violin. But how had Einstein come to abandon his Berlin home and go 'on the run'?
Andrew Robinson tells the British side of Einstein's story for the first time, showing why the UK's rolling hills were the perfect refuge from rumored assassination by Nazi agents. Robinson has written 25 books and is a leading expert on Einstein. Signed copies of his book Einstein on the Run: How Britain Saved the World’s Greatest Scientist are available after the talk.
Is obesity a choice?
Friday 1 November, 7 – 8:30PM
Dr Giles Yeo is a leading geneticist
Questions around body image, weight, and its relation to our genes are all around us. When it comes to obesity, it's clear that the main cause is eating more calories than you burn. But finding out why some people eat more than others is more complex. Differences in our genetic make-up mean some of us are slightly more hungry all the time and so eat more than others.
Dr Giles Yeo explores how obesity isn't actually a choice, in contrast to the prevailing view. People who are obese aren't lazy, but are constantly fighting their own biology. Geneticist Dr Yeo has researched the connection between obesity and the brain for over 20 years.
Unspoilt World: Arctic Geopolitics and Modern Exploration
Monday 2 December, 7 – 8:30PM
As the Arctic heats up, so do discussions about global warming
Greta Thunberg's words – and Extinction Rebellion's international protests – are taking the global stage right now. So why not get involved in the hottest topic of the day? The Arctic is often seen as an inhospitable, unexplored area, yet people have lived there for thousands of years. As the region heats up, so do discussions surrounding the exploitation of Arctic resources. This panel discussion involves Arctic researchers, ecologists and explorers, debating the newest research on the Arctic region.
|What||Royal Institution talks to catch in 2019|
|Where||Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Green Park (underground)|
On 29 Oct 19, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
On 01 Nov 19, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
On 02 Dec 19, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
|Price||£32 per pair|
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