Lawrence Krauss and Frank Close on Nothing

American physicist Lawrence Krauss explains how the universe may have popped out of nothing, with an introduction by Richard Dawkins:

His fascinating new book A Universe from Nothing is out now. Here’s the link to my review of it published in the Financial Times

Here’s a short clip of Oxford physicist Frank Close talking about his book The Void :

And here’s a link to my review of Close’s latest book, The Infinity Puzzle, published in the Literary Review.


Sir Ken Robinson – Changing Paradigms

In 1998 Sir Ken Robinson chaired a commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government. All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education(The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim in 1999. For twelve years, he was professor of education at the University of Warwick in the UK and in 2003, he received a knighthood for his services to the arts. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies.In this lecture, given a couple of years ago at the RSA in London, creativity and education expert Sir Ken Robinson tackles the question: how do we make change happen in education and how do we make it last?

Roger Penrose: Aeons Before the Big Bang

Roger Penrose

Sir Roger Penrose gave this lecture in December 2009 at Coventry University in which he describes a proposal which posits a succession of universe aeons prior to our own. The expansion of the universe never reverses in this scheme, but claims Penrose the space-time geometry is made consistent through a novel geometrical conception.

Click on the cover to read my review of Penrose’s Cycles of Time

Marcus Chown on 10 Bonkers Things about the Universe

A talk by Marcus Chown, the man who gave us the award winning solar system app for the iPad, on his 10 bonkers things about the universe.

Steven Weinberg on the LHC, the Higgs boson, dark matter and supersymmetry

Physicists hope that CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, will help answer some of the most intriguing and pressing questions in physics. Steven Weinberg shared the 1979 the Nobel Prize for physics with Sheldon Glashow and Abdus Salam ‘for their contributions to the theory of the unified weak and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles, including inter alla the prediction of the weak neutral current’.

L to R: Sheldon Glashow, Abdus Salam and Steven Weinberg receiving the 1979 Nobel Prize for Physics

In this lecture Weinberg discusses the standard model of particle physics – to which he made major contributions – the Higgs boson, the nature of dark matter and the theory of supersymmetry.

Brian Greene: The Universe on a String

Brian Greene

A wonderfully engaging TED talk on superstring theory by the physicist Brian Greene. If you haven’t already, its a must see. Greene’s a class act.

Marcus du Sautoy on Symmetry

In this entertaining lecture Marcus du Sautoy talks about his quest to discover symmetry in mathematics and in life.