Until the end of time

2.00pm to 3.30pm, Saturday 7 March

The Theatre

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

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Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

The Universe is astoundingly vast both in time and in space, and yet appears to be governed by simple, elegant, mathematical laws. Guided by these laws, world-renowned physicist Brian Greene will take us on a journey from our most refined understanding of the universe’s beginning to the closest science can take us to the very end. He will explore how life and mind emerged from the initial chaos, and how our minds, in coming to understand their own impermanence, seek in different ways to give meaning to experience: in narrative, myth, religion, creative expression, science, the quest for truth, and our longing for the timeless. He will show it is within these pursuits that we experience profound wonder and create great beauty, even as the universe and all it contains is destined for decay.

Through a series of nested stories that explain distinct but interwoven layers of reality – particles to planets, consciousness to creativity, matter to meaning – Greene will provide us with a clearer sense of how we came to be, a finer picture of where we are now, and a firmer grasp of where we are headed. With this grand tour of the Universe, beginning to end, we can all understand and appreciate our fleeting but utterly exquisite moment in the cosmos.

About the speakers

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University. He is world-renowned for his groundbreaking discoveries in the field of superstring theory, including the co-discovery of mirror symmetry and the discovery of spatial topology change. He is the director of Columbia’s Center for Theoretical Physics.

Brian is known to the public through his New York Times best selling books and numerous media appearances from the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to Charlie Rose. The Washington Post called him 'the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today.' He has hosted two NOVA mini-series based on his books, receiving the George Foster Peabody award for The Elegant Universe with Brian Greene. Greene has had cameo roles in a number of Hollywood films including Frequency, Maze and The Last Mimzy and in 2008, with producer Tracy Day, co-founded the World Science Festival. He is the director of Columbia’s Center for Theoretical Physics.

The event will be introduced by Flora Graham. Flora is a science journalist who writes a daily email newsletter for Nature, the world's leading science journal. She has written for New Scientist, the BBC, CBC, and CNET, among others and specialises in physics and technology.  




The doors will open at approximately 1.30pm, with a prompt start at 2.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

Book signing

Copies of Brian Greene's book 'Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe' will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. 


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.

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop. 

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