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.