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Lecture presented in association with Blackwells to mark British Science Week: The Joy of Science by Jim Al-Khalili

Professor Jim Al-Khalili, quantum physicist and author

Date/Time: Monday 14 March 2022, 5.30pm

Venue: This is an online event

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Hosted by Professor Anya Hurlbert, Professor of Visual Neuroscience

Today’s world is unpredictable and full of contradictions, and navigating its complexities while trying to make the best decisions is far from easy. In his new book, The Joy of Science, Professor Al-Khalili presents eight short lessons on how to unlock the clarity, empowerment, and joy of thinking and living a little more scientifically.

You can order a signed copy of Jim's new book, The Joy of Science, from Blackwells at:


Jim is a multiple award-winning science communicator renowned for his public engagement around the world through writing and broadcasting and a leading academic making fundamental contributions to theoretical physics, particularly in nuclear reaction theory, quantum effects in biology, open quantum systems and the foundations of quantum mechanics. He is a prominent author and broadcaster and has written 14 books on popular science and the history of science. He is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries, such as the Bafta nominated Chemistry: a volatile history, and he hosts the long-running weekly BBC Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific. Jim is a past president of the British Science Association and a recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal and the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal, the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal and the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication. He received an OBE in 2007 and a CBE in 2021 for ‘services to science’.

Live Q&A:

The lecture will be followed by a live Q&A with the speaker. You can submit a question in advance by sending an email to or during the event using YouTube Live Chat or via Twitter @InsightsNCL.

This event will be hosted on YouTube, registration is not required.