The secret life of science: How science really works and why it matters

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 1 November

The Theatre

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

This event has already taken place

  • Credit: Book cover via Princeton University Press


Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

We take the advance of science as given. But how does science really work? Who decides what the public gets to hear about? Are there too few scientists in the world or too many? Answering these questions and more, Jeremy Baumberg will shed light on a cutthroat and tightly tensioned enterprise that even scientists themselves often don't fully understand, and suggest how we might intervene to resuscitate science.

About the speakers

Jeremy Baumberg is a leader in nanoscience and nanotechnology, working for much of his career at the interface between academia and industry. He has led interdisciplinary nano-centres at the Universities of Cambridge and Southampton, and developed novel devices within Hitachi, IBM, his spin-offs Mesophotonics and Base4. He is widely recognised as a leading innovator in Nano, with most recent awards being the Institute of Physics Young Medal (2013), Royal Society Fellowship (2011) and Royal Society Mullard Prize (2005).


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 Jeremy's book, The secret life of science: How science really works and why it matters, will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.


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