Physics in Perspective: 2013 lectures

The 2013 lectures featured talks from Dr Helen Czerski, Dr Suzie Sheehy and Dr Andreas Freise, Dr Sheila Kanani and Jim Smith.

Accelerator physicist Dr Suzie Sheehy will discuss her top five things that one should never do with a particle accelerator – and a few things you definitely should

Suzie on the man who stuck his head in a particle accelerator and survived

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Dr Helen Czerski studies the physics of how these bubbles form and how they help gases and particles move between the water and the air. She will discuss why it matters and how physicists approach understanding how some things as small as a bubble can affect something as large as a planet.

Helen talks about penguins and fluid dynamics


In 1916, Einstein – as a consequence of his new theory of gravity – predicted the existence of gravitational radiation (ripples in the fabric of space–time that propagate at the speed of light). The hunt for such gravitational waves has sparked a new field of fundamental and instrumental science, using kilometre-sized telescopes that exploit laser technology. These new instruments are now in operation and close to observing Einstein’s prediction for the very first time. 

How to find black holes with lasers: Dr Andreas Freise

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Based on his extensive experience of working on the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident, Prof. Jim Smith discusses the health and environmental risks of radioactivity, along with how the media have influenced our perceptions of these risks. With the UK planning to build new nuclear power stations to replace its current ageing reactors, join the debate
with some hard facts.

Prof Jim Smith: Are the social impacts of nuclear disasters worse than the contamination?

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Join Dr Sheila Kanani on a flying tour of our celestial home: the Solar System. Journey into our local galactic neighbourhood, where you will encounter planets and other astronomical bodies, exploring each one in terms of origin
and formation as well as its similarities and differences to our planet. Through exciting demonstrations and vivid photographs, discover new and unexpected aspects of our Solar System.

The importance of Saturn's moons: Sheila Kanani

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