CANCELLED Stephen Hawking: A memoir of friendship and physics

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 28 May

The Theatre

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

This event has been cancelled

  • Credit: Leonard Mlodinow


Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, this event has been cancelled. All attendees will be contacted to offer a full refund.

Stephen Hawking was one of the most famous and influential physicists in the world.  

In this talk, discover the man who has inspired countless scientists-to-be with research on the laws of black holes and the origin of the Universe charted new territory.

Leonard Mlodinow recalls his nearly two-decades as a friend and collaborator with Stephen Hawking, bringing a complex man into focus like no one has before.

About the speaker

Leonard Mlodinow is a theoretical physicist and author, recognized for groundbreaking discoveries in physics, and as the author of five best-selling books. His book 'The Grand Design', co-authored with Stephen Hawking, reached no.1 on the New York Times best-seller list.

His book 'Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior', won the 2013 PEN/E.O. Wilson award for literary science writing; and his book 'The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives' was chosen as a New York Times notable book, and short-listed for the Royal Society book award.

Dr Mlodinow is also known through his many public lectures and media appearances on programs such ranging from 'Morning Joe', to 'Through the Wormhole', and for debating Deepak Chopra on 'ABC's Nightline'.


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 Leonard's book, 'Stephen Hawking: A Memoir of Friendship and Physics', will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. 


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.


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