Science fes­ti­val

With science fever sweep­ing Nor­wich, ROWAN MANTELL picks some science must-sees from more than 125 events over nine days of as­tro­nauts, as­tron­omy, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, an­tibi­otics, agri­cul­ture and ac­tiv­i­ties (and that is just the science be­gin­ning wit

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So much to dis­cover in Nor­wich in Oc­to­ber

The FUNNY thing about science is … many peo­ple don’t re­alise how many laughs lurk be­yond the test tubes. Co­me­di­ans and science per­form­ers will be look­ing at the lighter side of science. Fancy a pint of science?

PINT OF SCIENCE will be bring­ing talks, quizzes and demos to Nor­wich in­clud­ing an open mike evening hosted by im­prov com­edy troupe The In­tel­lec­tual Hooli­gans on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 19, at Gonzo’s Tea Room (£4). Then there is SCIENCE SHOWOFF with co­me­di­ans and en­ter­tain­ing ex­perts at The Fo­rum on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 24 (£5), Dr Who might be fic­tional, but he (she) has time trav­elled through a gazil­lion gal­ax­ies of science. Ex­plore the facts be­hind the plots of the cult tele­vi­sion show in­clud­ing black holes and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence in THE SCI­EN­TIFIC SE­CRETS OF DR WHO at The Fo­rum, on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22. Tick­ets £6 and £4. Bl­iz­zards, heat­waves, storms – we all love to talk about the weather – so why not try pre­sent­ing a weather fore­cast? Free, drop-in, have-a-go fore­cast­ing is part of a SCIENCE OF WEATHER day at The Fo­rum’s Ex­plo­rium, on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22.

Tele­vi­sion as­tronomer, au­thor, Nor­wich man, and science fes­ti­val pa­tron Mark Thomp­son will be back in his home city with ex­plod­ing ele­phant tooth­paste, vor­tex-gen­er­at­ing dust­bins and van­ish­ing beakers. SPEC­TAC­U­LAR SCIENCE SHOW, with Mark Thomp­son, is at Nor­wich Cathe­dral on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 25. Tick­ets £18 and £12 Bri­tain’s first as­tro­naut, HE­LEN SHAR­MAN, will be talk­ing about her jour­ney from chemist in a choco­late fac­tory to soar­ing through space, on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 26. Find out about the tough train­ing, the launch and land­ing, weight­less­ness, and ad­just­ing to life back on Earth. Nor­wich Cathe­dral. Tick­ets £18 and £12. A BRIEF HIS­TORY OF EV­ERY­ONE WHO EVER LIVED is the am­bi­tious ti­tle of a talk by Adam Ruther­ford at Nor­wich Cathe­dral on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 26. He prom­ises sex, death, disease, war­fare, in­va­sion, mi­gra­tion and famine dur­ing his tour of some of the se­crets hid­den in our DNA. Tick­ets £18 and £12. Why do we eat 35% more food when we’re din­ing with some­one else and 75% more when there are four or more around the ta­ble? Why are 27% of all drinks bought on aero­planes tomato juice? The man with all the an­swers is Pro­fes­sor Charles Spence, win­ner of an Ig No­bel Prize for Nu­tri­tion, and col­lab­o­ra­tor with He­ston Blu­men­thal. GASTROPHYSICS: THE NEW SCIENCE OF EAT­ING is at the Fo­rum on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 29. Tick­ets £8 and £6. And there’s more. Step in­side an in­flat­able POP-UP PLAN­E­TAR­IUM and let the pro­jec­tions help you feel like you are in space at The Fo­rum Ex­plo­rium from Oc­to­ber 21 to 28 (£4). Or travel to other plan­ets, so­lar sys­tems and gal­ax­ies via a mo­bile plan­e­tar­ium at Nor­wich Cathe­dral on Oc­to­ber 25 and 26 (£5.)

Plus …

Hear Pro­fes­sor Alice Roberts talk about how we tamed dogs, cows, horses and even wheat, pota­toes and ap­ples; find out all you ever wanted to know about di­nosaurs at a chil­dren’s show with Ben Gar­rod; in­tro­duce your tod­dler to the won­ders of science with the Mini Pro­fes­sors; bam­boo­zle your brain with il­lu­sions and ex­per­i­ments in a talk called Can You

Be­lieve Your Brain; have a go at pro­gram­ming ro­bots and build­ing air­craft and theme park rides, and hear the re­mark­able story of Nor­wich sci­en­tist James Piercy who turned a dev­as­tat­ing fam­ily tragedy into an ex­plo­ration of how the hu­man brain works.

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