Build a universe: brick by brick

6.00pm to 7.15pm, Tuesday 18 February

The Theatre

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

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  • Credit: Ben Still
  • Type

  • Audience

    Ages 13+

  • Speakers

  • Chair




Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Join us on a journey of creation, from the big bang to the first stars with LEGO® as our guide.

Ben Still shows how a handful of different building bricks and a few construction rules cooked up the chemical elements essential to life on Earth. Along the way we explore the forces of nature and an entire zoo of particles.

You will leave with all the knowledge you need to build your very own universe. Now if only you had 13.8 billion years and more LEGO bricks than atoms in the cosmos…

About the speaker

Ben Still is a physicist, author, and educator. As a physicist he has worked on large scale international experiments in the field of particle physics, focusing on neutrino particles. As an author he has written international best selling titles in the field of quantum physics, chemistry and particle physics. Ben joined QMUL in 2009 and has been involved in the university’s outreach programme since.


The doors will open at approximately 5.30pm, with a prompt start at 6.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

Book signing

Copies of Ben's book, 'Particle physics: Brick by brick', will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. We will only be able to take cash payments on the night. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. 

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