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A MATTER OF SOME GRAVITY - MAR 28 - 3.09PM

Jim Al-Khalili, "Gravity and Me", BBC Radio Four

Professor Jim Al-Khalili, who if you listen to ‘The Life Scientific” on Radio Four every Tuesday morning you’ll know is masterful broadcaster, is also an astonishingly patient man.
Certainly more than I am.
If I’d had to endure the technical hiccups he’s just had to contend with at the start of his talk, I think I might have been tempted to use the kind of language you CANNOT use over the air of our public broadcaster.
Which is a shame because he really is one of the best of those scientists able to make even the most inaccessible nuggets of the Cosmos and Quantum-God-Knows-What-Else come alive.
In Oxford to talk about his new BBC Four documentary “Gravity and Me: The Force That Shapes Our Lives” which (fortuitously) screens tonight at 9.00pm, it was therefore unfortunate that his audio presentation was the victim of multi-dimensional gremlins.
A showman to the core however, he bravely carried on in the face of white noise, static, flickering images of Sir Isaac Newton and a two-minute clip of film that blinked, flashed and disappeared completely over almost 10-minutes to deliver what by anyone’s standard could be called a bravura performance.
I salute him for refusing to let a few dodgy tablet terminals get in his way of presenting a memorable talk.

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University The Feathers Hotel Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Bayard Presse Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services Steer