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Events and Talks 2014

Those events which are open to the public are always listed here, so keep coming back to see if I am doing a public lecture near you.

I also appear at a lot of events which are not open to the public. To book me for after-dinner speeches, keynote speeches at conferences or training events, authoring/editing books, or for anything else, please contact one of my agents.

Upcoming events which are open to the public:

Manaton WI, Devon. "What made Britain Great?" on Thursday 30 April, 3pm.


Swaledale Festival 2015. I am giving the Reeth Lecture on Monday 1 June, 11:00 to 13:00. I address the age-old question "Are we alone in the universe?". Tickets will be available online from 23 March.


Physics and the Great War - a 1 Day Conference at St Cross College, Oxford. On Saturday 13th June 2015, I am giving the after-dinner talk on "Unexpected / unusual inventions which arose during the First World War". For more information, and to register for the free one-day conference visit their website.



I also give a great variety of talks at private functions, to audiences ranging from local schools, history groups, and the WI, to the Royal Society, the Royal Institution, and the Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society. Here is a list of some of the subjects about which I give lectures.

Subjects include:

  • About Time – is it real; how we measure it; time travel.

  • Are we alone in the universe?

  • Charles Darwin; Are earthworms deaf?

  • Coal, steam, and power

  • Coping with Climate Change

  • Cosmology, a beginner’s guide

  • Hands-on science for primary schools

  • Heroes of the Industrial Revolution

  • Inventors and scientific heroes of Devon/ Cornwall/the north-east/Scotland etc.

  • Just another day - science and technology of everyday life

  • Much ado about nothing (the history of the vacuum)

  • Taking the piss out of London

  • The Eddystone lighthouses

  • The Great Exhibition of 1851

  • The Lunaticks of Birmingham

  • Toilets and history

  • What made Britain Great

  • What the industrial revolution did for us

If you are interested in organising a talk for your organization, please contact my agent John Willcocks  

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