Colin Stuart

Monday, January 8 2018 at 7:30PM

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London NW1 8BG

Colin Stuart

What's the talk about?

(Note this is on the 8th, not the 1st. We're back to the first Monday next month)

Tim Peake's recent visit to the International Space Station has placed a fresh spotlight on the latest developments in space exploration. But space travel is still a pretty new area of human endeavour and our ideas about what and who might be out there have constantly shifted over the years. One place this is particularly apparent is in the famous Christmas Lectures held by the Royal Institution each year.

Last year Colin Stuart was lucky enough to rummage around in their archives and write a book about 13 of the lectures devoted to space and time. The first was delivered way back in 1881. The latest was the 2015 lecture series featuring a message from Tim from orbit. In this talk Colin will be sharing some of the stories from the lectures, along with some of his favourite anecdotes about digging through the archives, including finding Carl Sagan's immigration form and Dewar's radioactive notebooks.

Colin Stuart is an astronomy speaker and author who has talked to well over a quarter of a million people about the universe, ranging from schools and the public to conferences and businesses. His books have sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide and he's written over 150 popular science articles for publications including The Guardian, New Scientist and BBC Focus.

In recognition of his efforts to popularise astronomy, the asteroid (15347) Colinstuart is named after him and he is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. In 2014 he was runner-up in the European Astronomy Journalism Prize and has talked about the wonders of the universe on Sky News, BBC News and Radio 5Live. His other adventures have included climbing the UK's biggest radio telescope, stargazing from the Sahara and abseiling his old school’s science block for charity.

£3 to cover our expenses.