By sheer providence today I was at a series of public lectures in science in Sheffield.

After buzzing about The BBC's "The Secret Life of Chaos" all last week: one of the speakers was the man who appeared in it - Dr Andrea Sella (1:40 episode 2) - and he performed the Berlusov experiment live on stage! Absolutely mad day. Completly undersold by the college. If I'd known this was coming I'd not have shut up about it!!

Other speakers included Prof Steve Jones (Geneticist) - talking about what every biologist knows from about the age of 2, nature Vs nurture - it's neither or rather both. Prof Robert Winston (Fertility ) - who took his Q&As by leaping off the stage and running around the auditorium); a lecture on progress towards nuclear fusion reactors (Free energy from sea water. Proof of principle next year (!!) and a new reactor by 2025, apparently...) and the next telescope to replace The Hubble!

Other scientists involved but no appearing today included Richard Dawkins, Jim Al-Khalili (who presented TSLoC), Ben Goldacre (from Bad Science) and Dr Brian Cox (Running the Atlas detector for the L.H.C)

Overheard one dissaffected teenager describe it as "boring"

I don't think they'd recognise Interesting if it walked up and assaulted them with a wet haddock.

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Tags: Chaos, Chemistry, Evolution, Fertility, Fusion, Genetics, Mandelbrot, Science, Space

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Comment by Prog Rock Girl on January 22, 2010 at 3:50pm
"Boring"? I remember what a teacher said about that "If you're not interested, you're not interesting."
Comment by Loren Miller on January 22, 2010 at 3:35pm
Nice site, Richard. Anyone happen to notice the chap at the top of the web-page, third from the left? Think he has something to do with us, don't he?!? [grin!]
Comment by Richard Healy on January 22, 2010 at 7:36am
Found the event has a website:

http://gcsesciencelive.net/
Comment by Loren Miller on January 22, 2010 at 6:55am
Probably not of the same scale, but reminds me of an assembly we had in junior high school, sponsored by General Electric. From burning wood dust to exploding hydrogen bubbles to a few other things I can't think of, it was a FUN 40 minutes. And there were always trips to Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry ... which I always thought of as a REALLY NEAT playground!

Based on what Richard described for his meeting, I'd have loved to have been there!
Comment by Richard Healy on January 22, 2010 at 6:45am
I was forever being taken to the Natural History & The Science museums in London.
Comment by Ross on January 21, 2010 at 2:42pm
I never had anything like that in school either. The closest I had was a world class cosmosphere in my home town. We have a lot of stuff from the various space missions and an SR-71 Blackbird mounted in the building. Lots of neat space stuff to see.
Comment by Richard Healy on January 21, 2010 at 2:34pm
Oh yeah. They never did anything like this when I was at school.
Comment by Ross on January 21, 2010 at 2:29pm
I'm jealous! Sounds like you had a great time.

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