The puzzling paradoxes of modern physics

6.00pm to 7.15pm, Friday 19 January

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Physics can be a confusing place!

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Standard £16


Concession £10


Members and Patrons £7

Event description

We all know that life is full of paradoxes, even if we find it hard to say what one actually is! Our models of the world, as captured by theoretical physics, also contain many paradoxes. Join Felix Flicker to explore how embracing paradoxical riddles, illusions and koans can help update and illuminate our understanding of the world.

This event is particularly suitable for ages 12+.

About the speaker

Felix Flicker is the Astor Fellow of Physics at New College, Oxford. His research concerns the application of geometry and topology (the study of shapes) to the quantum mechanics of materials. He previously held a Lindemann Trust Fellowship of the English Speaking Union, which sent him to the University of California, Berkeley. He completed his PhD at the University of Bristol under the supervision of Jasper van Wezel at the University of Amsterdam. Felix has previously spoken at Royal Institution Masterclasses events.

Lift out of service

Please note that the lift to the Theatre will be out of service due to a maintenance issue. Please email if you have any concerns.


The doors will open at approximately 5.30pm, with a prompt start at 6.00pm.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

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