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Jim Al-Khalili's Guide to Life, The Universe and Everything

2021

Join Physicist Jim Al-Khalili as he shows us how science gives us insight into the biggest questions of all. How did the universe come into being? How did life start on Earth, and how does it sustain itself? What is the nature of space and time – and how will it all end?

BBC4

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Revolutions. The ideas that changed the world

2019

In this major new landmark series for BBC Four co-produced by PBS, Jim Al-Khalili explores the extraordinary story of six remarkable inventions: The Aeroplane, The Car, The Rocket, The Smartphone, The Telescope, The Robot. They are familiar, yet hidden within them are thousands of years of thought, struggle, sacrifice, determination and insight.

BBC4

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The Joy of AI

2018

Jim Al-Khalili looks at how we have created machines that can simulate, augment, and even outperform the human mind – and why we shouldn’t let this spook us.

BBC4

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Gravity and Me: The Force That Shapes Our Lives

2017

Jim Al-Khalili investigates the amazing science of gravity. A fundamental force of nature, gravity shapes our entire universe, sculpting galaxies and warping space and time. But gravity’s strange power

BBC4

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The Sky at Night Interstellar: The Journey to Proxima b

2016

Interstellar travel has always seemed impossible – the realm of science fiction rather than reality. But that view is now changing. On this month’s Sky at Night the team are joined by Jim al-Khalili t

The Joy of Science

First published April, 2022

Today’s world is unpredictable and full of contradictions, and navigating its complexities while trying to make the best decisions is far from easy. The Joy of Science presents 8 short lessons on how to unlock the clarity, empowerment, and joy of thinking and living a little more scientifically.

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26 June 2022

Garden Tent, Wealden Literary Festival

The Joy of Science (Wealden Literary Festival, 26 June, 13:00 GMT)

Book Talk

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14 June 2022

Online

The Joy of Science - online talk (York Festival of Ideas, 14 June, 17:30 GMT)

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11 June 2022

Apollo Main Auditorium

The Joy of Science (Cheltenham Science Festival, 11 June, 17:30 GMT)

Book Talk

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11 June 2022

Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre

Quantum Biology: Do We Really Understand the Processes of Life? (Cheltenham Science Festival, 11 June, 14:25 GMT)

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11 June 2022

Town Hall, Main Hall

Are We Any Closer to Solving the Mystery of Time (Cheltenham Science Festival, 11 June, 12:00 GMT)

Jim in conversation with Paul Davies

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10 June 2022

Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre

The Life Scientific Live with Vlatko Vedral (Cheltenham Science Festival, 10 June, 16:30 GMT)

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7 June 2022

Buckingham Literary Festival

The Joy of Science (Buckingham Literary Festival, 7 June)

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31 May 2022

Festival Friends Stage, Hay Festival

The Joy of Science (Hay Festival, 31 May, 19:30 GMT)

Talk

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24 May 2022

Charleston Festival

Trust in Science (Charleston Festival, 24 May, 19:30 GMT)

Talk

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17 May 2022

The Royal Institution

Three Minute Wonder Science Communication Competition (The Royal Institution, 17 May, 18:00 GMT)

Science communication competition

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13 May 2022

Clanfield Memorial Hall, Hampshire

The World According to Physics (Hampshire Astronomical Group, 13 May, 20:00 GMT)

Book talk

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5 May 2022

Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon

The Joy of Science (Swindon Festival of Literature, 5 May, 18:30 GMT)

Book talk

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4 May 2022

Crowne Plaza Hotel Stratford-upon Avon

The Joy of Science (Stratford Literary Festival, 4 May, 16:00 GMT)

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