Maidenhead Skeptics in the Pub

* Free Speaker Events * Learn * Discuss * Socialise *

Open to all. Whether you are interested learning something new, science, scepticism, critical thought, philosophy, investigative journalism, politics, religion and so on- this is for you!. Everyone is welcome, whatever their preconceptions, just bring an open mind.

We invite a speaker every month to present on a topic of interest, which is followed by a discussion in a relaxed and friendly pub atmosphere.

Events are on the first Wednesday of every month at The Rose in Maidenhead starting promptly at 7:30pm.

The event is free. We do welcome a voluntary £2 donation towards speaker travel.

 

Understanding how our genes work

Kat Arney

When?
Wednesday, June 7 2017 at 5:30PM

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Where?

16 King Street
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 1EF

Who?
Kat Arney

What's the talk about?

Former science communications manager at Cancer Research UK, Dr Kat Arney is a science writer and broadcaster whose work has featured on BBC Radio 4, the Naked Scientists, Wired, BBC Focus and more. Her first book, 'Herding Hemingway's Cats: Understanding how our genes work' is out now and her second book ‘How to Code a Human’ will be published in August.

About the talk:

The language of genes has become common in the media. We know they make your eyes blue, your hair curly or your nose straight. We're told that genes control the risk of cancer, heart disease, alcoholism or Alzheimer's. The cost of DNA sequencing has plummeted from billions of pounds per genome to a few hundred, and gene-based advances in medicine hold huge promise. But how do our genes actually work? With the help of cats with thumbs, fish with hips and wobbly worms, Kat will unpack some of the mysteries in our DNA and explain the latest thinking about how our genes make us who we are.

 

 

From Carl Sagan to Tim Peake

Colin Stuart

When?
Wednesday, July 5 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

16 King Street
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 1EF

Who?
Colin Stuart

What's the talk about?

Tim Peake's recent visit to the International Space Station has placed a fresh spotlight on the latest developments in space exploration. But space travel is still a pretty new area of human endeavour and our ideas about what and who might be out there have constantly shifted over the years. One place this is particularly apparent is in the famous Christmas Lectures held by the Royal Institution each year.

Last year Colin was lucky enough to rummage around in their archives and write a book about 13 of the lectures devoted to space and time. The first was delivered way back in 1881. The last was the 2015 lectures featuring a message from Tim from orbit (he also wrote the foreword for the book). And how our ideas have changed.  In this talk Colin will be sharing some of the stories from the lectures, along with some of his favourite anecdotes about digging through the archives including finding Carl Sagan's immigration form and Dewar's radioactive notebooks.

Colin Stuart (@skyponderer) is an astronomy author, writer and speaker who talks to tens of thousands of people a year about the universe and he regularly writes for magazines including BBC Focus and New Scientist.