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The Annual Charles Simonyi Lecture: Why Be a Lunatic?

The Annual Charles Simonyi Lecture: Why Be a Lunatic?

January 2020
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Join Marcus du Sautoy and a specially invited guest lecturer for this year's Simonyi lecture. Aimed at the general public, the lecture is the highlight of the University of Oxford's programme to engage the public in the excitement and wonder of science.

On the 20th July this year we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing. Since the excitement of the late 60s and early 70s it feels as if our love affair with the Moon has waned. In this year’s Annual Charles Simonyi LectureDr Maggie Aderin-Pocock wants to take us on a journey celebrating our global, past, cultural fascination with the Moon. She’ll explore the latest, current day research that is happening around the Moon, and how the gene pool conducting this research has change, and finally, she’ll investigate our future relationship with the Moon, when will we all get a chance to go there, or will it just be the domain for a few researchers? As a self-proclaimed lunatic herself, Maggie wants to show us why we should all love the moon, and how it does so much more than just the tides, she will argue that the Moon may actually be responsible for life here on Earth.

Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE is a space scientist, broadcaster and author, whose passion is presenting science to general audiences. She is the founder and managing director of Science Innovation Ltd through which she has given talks to around ½ a million people around the world. Her BBC 2 programme “Do We Really Need the Moon?” earned Maggie the talkback Thames new talent award.    She co-presents ‘Sky at Night’ the longest running science series in the world and has recently published ‘The Book of the Moon’ and the children’s book ‘Dr Maggie’s Grand Tour of the Solar System’ .  Maggie studied at Imperial College where she obtained her degree in Physics and PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

Duration: 1 hour with no interval

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Annual Charles Simonyi Lecture, with Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock

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