The Colour of an Electron

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Friday 11 October

The Theatre

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

This event has already taken place

  • Credit: Isabelle Benton

Price

Standard £16

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Concession £10

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Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

What is the colour of an electron? Why is gold a golden colour? How do electrons relate to 'Pirates of the Caribbean', carrots, and the colour of dinosaurs? How does the world look to the crazy eyes of the mantis shrimp? Come on an electrifying journey that will join the astonishing (and often tenuous) dots between light, electrons and the workings of our colourful universe. But wait… what is an electron again?

Please note that unlike his previous talks at the Ri, this event is aimed at an adult audience. For young people that are keen to see Dr Karl, he will be back at the Ri in December.

About the speaker

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is an Australian science populariser with insatiable curiosity. He has degrees in Physics and Maths, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine and Surgery and has held a wide range of jobs, from doctor to film-maker, radio personality to labourer, car mechanic to physicist. He has written 43 books to date and plans to write a few more.

Geraint F Lewis is a Welsh astrophysicist at the University of Sydney. He's best known for his work on dark energy, gravitational lensing and galactic cannibalism.

Timing

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 Dr Karl's books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. 

Filming

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.

Accessibility

The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

Seating is usually unreserved for our events. If you and your group require seating reservations, please do let us know by email and we’ll be more than happy to help. Email: events@ri.ac.uk.

Carers can receive a free ticket to an event by emailing events@ri.ac.uk.

Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop. 

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