When: On until 7th July 2013
Where: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG
What is it?
The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition showcases cutting-edge science from around the UK. With over 20 exhibits to explore you can discover the science behind printing organs with 3D printers, the Higgs Boson and find out whether you’re more impulsive than a fish. A range of talks and family events are running throughout the week.
Contrary Life has picked out the following event highlights:
On Friday 5th July:
Café Scientifique (5.15pm – 6.30pm) – “I, Robot”: emotional androids?
Android voices are increasingly becoming part of the world around us, but will artificial speech ever sound emotionally convincing? Dr Matthew Aylett will explain how the personify project aims to create a sense of personality in our electronic companions.
Cabaret (7pm – 9.30pm) – Science Showoff
Ten science communicators, including some of the exhibitors, will be sharing their knowledge and entertaining you throughout the evening. The host will be Steve Cross, geeky joke-teller and veteran of over 30 Science Showoffs.
On Saturday 6th July:
Panel Discussion (6.30pm – 8pm) – Curious maths: finding the solution
It took over 350 years for anyone to provide a proof for Fermat’s Last Theorem. No one has yet offered a proof for the Riemann Hypothesis, first proposed in 1859. These mysteries have become an obsession to some people. But what is the significance of overcoming these challenges? Join the panel of mathematicians, Dr June Barrow-Green, Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE, and Professor Ian Stewart FRS, as they reveal the fascinating stories behind these mathematical endeavours and discuss why it is so important that we remain curious about finding solutions.
The exhibition itself will be posing many important questions including Are you more impulsive than a fish? as scientists from Queen Mary, University of London will be asking visitors at the exhibition to perform a simple computer task to test their impulsivity.
More info: sse.royalsociety.org