Brake and Hook take Royal Institution by Storm

On the evening of Tuesday 7 April, two of the University’s finest, Professor Mark Brake and Reverend Neil Hook, delivered a lecture at the world-renowned Faraday Theatre at London’s Royal Institution.

The lecture featured the role of fiction and the imagination in the development of science since the scientific revolution. Brake and Hook have written two books on the subject, namely Different Engines and FutureWorld.

The lecture, like the books, looked at the relationship between science and science fiction since their co-emergence in the seventeenth century. Since then, the speakers suggested, science fiction represents a proud tradition as a sustained, coherent and subversive commentary on the promises and pitfalls of science. And in their turn, invention and discovery have forced fiction writers to confront the nature and limits of reality.

The RI’s public engagement team were very pleased with the lecture. Indeed, Professor Brake has been invited back in June, when he’ll be showcasing the University’s Rap Science initiative with colleague Jon Chase.



2 comments


    swar

    April 12, 2009

    They were awesome!

    Steve

    April 12, 2009

    I didn’t know where else to ask this but does anyone have a decent-sized copy of the image that was originally part of this article:

    http://difference.weblog.glam.ac.uk/2006/11/13/from-apes-to-aliens

    It was a drawing of someone wearing a hat, a scarf and goggles, white on black. The file name is BBCSF but this site is the only result I get for it.

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