ATOM Double Bill: Richard Wiseman and Helen Czerski
Headlining #ATOM2020 are two of the most celebrated communicators and popularisers of science in the UK: Professor Richard Wiseman and Dr Helen Czerski!
Friday, 20th March @ 7pm -
Amey Theatre, Abingdon School
Tickets £12 (adult) / £6 (child) / £20 & £30 (family) / free with Festival Pass - buy tickets here
Helen Czerski: A physicist's guide to living on Planet Earth
Earth is our life support system in space, a spinning oasis made up of a vast collection of different atoms which are continually re-arranging themselves. We’re still learning about how this planetary engine works, but the global ocean is the heart of the system and the most urgent questions are about the links between the blue of our blue planet and all the other components. To pick it apart, we need understand ice and whale poo, sunlight, sand and plenty more.
But knowledge alone doesn’t answer the question of what to do next. To make decisions about how to live here, we need more than just the physics of the engine - we need a cultural decision about how we view the ocean and our planet. At ATOM 2020, Helen explains how our planet works, and how we humans can learn to fit in.
Dr Helen Czerski is a physicist, but she’s acquired a few other labels along the way: oceanographer, broadcaster, author and bubble enthusiast. Her academic home is the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University College London, where she studies the physics of ocean bubbles, particularly the ones underneath breaking waves. She is a regular science presenter on the BBC, having fronted major series on the Earth’s atmosphere, the physics of animal sensing, the physics of the everyday world and much more. She is also a writer, with a regular science column for the Wall Street Journal. Storm in a Teacup, her first book, was published in 2016 and was the joint winner of the 2018 Asimov Prize, named one of the top ten physics books of 2016 by Physics World, and has been awarded the Louis J. Mountbattan Author’s award by the American Meteorological Society.
Richard Wiseman: Investigating the Impossible
At #ATOM2020, Richard will be Investigating the Impossible: How do magicians produce objects from thin air and defy gravity? Do ghosts exist and can psychics really predict the future? Can you achieve the impossible? Richard will explore the limits of the human mind, proving that we can all achieve more than we think...and demonstrates how to transform a tea towel into a chicken!
Professor Richard Wiseman has been described by a Scientific American columnist as ‘one of the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologists in the world today.’ His books have sold over 3 million copies and he regularly appears on the media. Richard also presents keynote talks to organisations across the world, including The Swiss Economic Forum, Google and Amazon.
He holds Britain’s only Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, is one of the most followed psychologists on Twitter, and the Independent On Sunday chose him as one of the top 100 people who make Britain a better place to live.
Richard is a Member of the Inner Magic Circle, a Director of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and has created psychology-based YouTube videos that have attracted over 500 million views. He also acts as a creative consultant, including work with Derren Brown, The Twilight Zone and the hit television show, Brain Games.