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Steve Jones

Here Comes the Sun: How it Makes us What we are

Steve Jones

Friday, 3 April 2020

2:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£7 - £12.50

One of the world’s best-known communicators of science geneticist Professor Steve Jones explains how life on Earth is ruled by a star that feeds us, heals us and kills us, and how it is increasingly important to understand our relationship to it.

Jones says the sun drives our weather, forms our landscape, feeds and fuels the Earth’s creatures and sometimes destroys them. He draws unexpected connections with the sun including the need to stay cool and man’s ability to stand upright, the power of memory and the onset of darkness, life expectancy for men in cloudy Scotland compared with other European men, and the flow of solar energy through plants and animals and of wealth through society. And he argues that the threat of climate change makes understanding the sun’s impact on our lives as important as it has ever been.

Jones is emeritus professor of human genetics at University College London. He is a world expert on the genetics of snails but is best known as a broadcaster and writer. He presented the six-part television series on human genetics In the Blood and is author of many books including most recently No Need for Geniuses: Revolutionary Science in the Age of the Guillotine and Evolution.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT 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 Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden