WELCOME TO THE QUANTUM WORLD OF GROUPIES… 11.00AM
Sir Roger Penrose - black holes - quantum everything
So Sir Roger Penrose is very highly spoken of…
Not only is he one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists but, according to a woman I met while queueing to get in to the Sheldonian (and I’d estimate she was in her fifties), he’s very charismatic too (I wouldn’t have called her a ‘groupie’ but I’d swear I later saw her touching up her lippy in the front row).
Anyway, suffice to say, I was impressed by her obvious adoration, so looked forward to picking up a few tips. And with a talk whose title included in its first four words ‘Fashion, Faith and Fantasy…’ I saw plenty of opportunity to do so.
Suffice to say it was a packed house for a packed brain; a brain whose size if measured would stretch from outside Debenhams to the farthest known reaches of the universe.
And gratifyingly, the audience was not only made up of ageing groupies but an entire alphabet of of ages and backgrounds, from someone who looked four to someone who could easily have qualified as ‘Father Time’.
As it happens I read a book Sir Roger wrote when I was a teenager all about Black Holes and what I didn’t understand then I still don’t understand now but who cares - it was, and is, fascinatingly beautiful and poetic.
“Quantum” this and ‘Quantum” that were bandied around with gay abandon but I did manage to understand a few of the ‘in-science’ jokes.
A brilliant, brilliant speaker and a perfect way to kick off the festival.
I loved it (thought I still can’t understand “Quantum gravity”).
DID WHAT IT SAID ON THE TIN - MARCH 22 - 11.18am
A DISCERNING DIP INTO THE JOYS OF GIN - MARCH 22 - 9.29am
THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD - MARCH 21 - 2.48pm
BEE-LIEVE - MARCH 21 - 11.07am
SWANKY BASH - MARCH 21 - 9.15am
50 SECONDS, 5 QUESTIONS - CLAIRE COCK-STARKEY - MARCH 20 - 1.41pm
50 SECONDS, 5 QUESTIONS - JOANNE HARRIS - MARCH 20 - 11.31am