Conjuring the Universe

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Monday 21 May

The Theatre

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Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

The complexity of the Universe emerges from several deep laws and a handful of fundamental constants that fix its shape, scale, and destiny. Join Peter Atkins for a revolutionary weaving together of the fundamental ideas of physics, looking at how the laws of Nature can spring from very little. Or arguably from nothing at all.  


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

Book signing

Copies of Peter's book, Conjuring the Universe: The Origins of the Laws of Nature, will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.


This event will be filmed and on the Ri's YouTube channel within a few months. Subscribe for free to hear when new videos are released.

About the speaker

Peter Atkins began his academic life as an undergraduate at the University of Leicester, and remained there for his PhD. He then went to the University of California, Los Angeles as a Harkness Fellow and returned to Oxford as lecturer in physical chemistry and fellow of Lincoln College in 1965, where he remained as professor of chemistry until his retirement in 2007. He has received honorary doctorates from universities in the United Kingdom (Leicester), the Netherlands (Utrecht), and Russia (Mendeleev University, Moscow, and Kazan State Technological University) and has been a visiting professor at universities in France, Japan, China, New Zealand, and Israel.

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