Ten patterns that explain the Universe

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 28 September

Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London
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  • Simulation of a particle collision in which a Higgs boson is produced

    Credit: Lucas Taylor/CMS/CERN

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Theatre audience: £16/£10/£7 Members

Event description

Our universe might appear chaotic, but deep down it's simply a myriad of rules working independently to create patterns of action, force, and consequence.

In this talk Brian Clegg will explore the phenomena that make up the very fabric of our world by examining ten essential sequenced systems. From diagrams that show the deep relationships between space and time to the quantum behaviours that rule the way that matter and light interact, Brian will show how these patterns provide a unique view of the physical world and its fundamental workings.

Copies of Brian's book, 'Ten Patterns That Explain the Universe', are available from amazon and all good bookshops.

Event type

This is a theatre event, where the speaker and audience are together in our theatre.

This event will not be livestreamed.

Please note that we are following Government and Public Health England advice, as we have been throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and will continue to review our approach as that guidance changes.

At the moment we are asking event attendees to continue following steps to make the Ri Covid-secure, such as wearing a face covering.

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About the speaker

Brian Clegg was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, UK, and attended the Manchester Grammar School, then read Natural Sciences (specialising in experimental physics) at Cambridge University. After graduating, he spent a year at Lancaster University where he gained a second MA in Operational Research, a discipline developed during the Second World War to apply mathematics and probability to warfare and since widely applied to business problem solving.

From Lancaster, he joined British Airways, where he formed a new department tasked with developing hi-tech solutions for the airline. His emphasis on innovation led to working with creativity guru Dr. Edward de Bono, and in 1994 he left BA to set up his own creativity consultancy, running courses on the development of ideas and the solution of business problems. His clients include the BBC, the Met Office, Sony, GlaxoSmithKline, the Treasury, Royal Bank of Scotland and many others.

Brian now concentrates on writing popular science books, with topics ranging from infinity to 'how to build a time machine.' He has also written regular columns, features and reviews for numerous magazines and newspapers, including Nature, BBC Focus, BBC History, Good Housekeeping, The Times, The Observer, Playboy, The Wall Street Journal and Physics World. His books have been translated into many languages, including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Turkish, Norwegian, and Indonesian.

Timing

Doors to the theatre will open for our in-person audience at 6.30pm and the livestream will go live at 6.55pm. The event will begin at 7.00pm. If you register but miss the live stream, the video will be available to you via the same link for up to a week after the event date.

For those attending in-person, please arrive in good time as there may be a wait to be seated according to social distancing rules.

The Royal Institution is part of the Amazon Affiliate Programme and book links on this page are affiliate links, which means it won't cost you any extra but we may earn a small commission if you decide to purchase through the link. All proceeds help support the charitable work of the Ri. Affiliate disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate The Royal Institution earns from qualifying purchases.

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