Jim Al Khalili

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Jim Al-Khalili obtained his PhD in theoretical nuclear physics from Surrey in 1989. He spent two years as an SERC Postdoctoral Fellow at University College London before returning to Surrey in 1991. He was appointed lecturer in 1992 and, in 1994, awarded an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship for five years following which he reverted to a full time lecturer in the Department at Surrey.

He was elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2000 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2001. In 2003, he was elected onto the Council of the BA (British Association for the Advancement of Science).

Along with his teaching and research, the considerable time he spends on science engagement activities and popularising science has culminated in his promotion in October 2006 to a newly created chair in the Public Engagement in Science. He is author of several popular science books and appears regularly on radio and television.

In 2007, he was awarded the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize for Science Communication. His series "Atom" was recently shown on BBC2, although in keeping with the dumbing-down of broadcasting in general it was on at 23:20 on Monday nights.

Here's the write-up of Jim's most recent television show ...

Jim Al-Khalili delivers a mind-blowing examination of the weird relationship between order and chaos in the natural world. It's a terrific mix of vivid storytelling, big ideas and stunning visuals. For it seems that even simple rules can create very complex and unpredictable systems, like the weather. Al-Khalili presents a gripping narrative starting with code-breaker Alan Turing, moving on through the butterfly effect to evolution and fractal geometry - which creates some extraordinarily beautiful images here. It's a compelling and brilliantly clear explanation of how chaos and the spontaneous formation of patterns are built into nature. And even if this comes from cutting edge maths, there's hardly an equation to be seen. It's only the second week of January and already here's a candidate for science documentary of the year.

Jim Al-Khalili talks.
Larger dots mean sooner,
red dots are already past.

Jim is one of the Other Speakers I can recommend.

Upcoming talks include:

Currently there are no forthcoming talks.

Previous talks include:

Date Event/Location District
2007-11-28 From Curie to the LHC:
A brief history of nuclear and particle physics
(University of Surrey 6th form lecture)
2008-01-30 Royal Society Michael Faraday lecture SW1Y
2008-03-19 Cardiff Scientific Society: The God Particle CF10
2009-09-07 Copernicus: Revolutionary or Plagiarist
British Science Association Festival
University of Surrey
2009-09-17 Science and Rationalism in 9th Century Baghdad
The British Institute for the Study of Iraq
2009-10-26 The House of Wisdom and the Legacy of Arabic Science
Department of Physics Colloquium
Queen Mary College, London
2009-10-27 Quantum mechanics, how wierd is it?
Bloomsbury Theatre, London
2009-11-16 Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Machines
Portsmouth Guildhall
2009-11-23 Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Machines
Leicester de Montfort Hall
2010-01-09 Science and Islam, The Nuffield Lecture at the
Association for Science Education (ASE),
University of Nottingham
2010-02-15 Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Machines
IOP Physics in Perspective Conference
Royal Institution
2010-11-03 Frohlich lecture on quantum mechanics
Physics Dept at Liverpool University
2010-11-03 Medieval mathematics
Maths society
2010-11-03 Medieval physics
Liverpool branch of the IOP
2010-11-11 Time travel
Science Live
Portsmouth Guildhall
2010-11-15 Time travel
Science Live
Manchester Bridgewater Hall
2010-11-29 Time travel
Science Live
Leeds Town Hall
2010-12-17 SEPnet : Chaos theory
school teachers at Oxford
2011-01-18 Time travel
Science Live
Sheffield City Hall
2011-01-21 Time travel
Science Live
London Dominion Theatre
2011-01-24 Time travel
Science Live
Birmingham Symphony Hall
2011-02-02 Advances in nuclear theory
DAMTP, Cambridge Centre for Mathematical Sciences
2011-04-04 The legacy of Arabic astronomy
Greenwich Observatory

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