Funzing Talks| Gravitational Waves: The Voice of Space @ Number 177 Bar & Kitchen, London [2 July]

Funzing Talks| Gravitational Waves: The Voice of Space

07:00 - 10:00

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Number 177 Bar & Kitchen
177 Hoxton Street, N1 6PJ London, United Kingdom
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Venue: Number 177, Hoxton
Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

Imagine being deaf from birth and, suddenly, overnight, being able to hear. This is the way it is for astronomers. For all of history, they have been able to “see" the universe — with their eyes and with their telescopes. Now, for the first time, they can “hear” it. Gravitational waves are the «voice of space». The media have a tendency to overhype things. But a good case can be made that the detection of gravitational waves on 14 September 2015 was is the most important development in astronomy since Galileo turned his telescope on the heavens in 1609.

Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, his books include The Ascent of Gravity, which was The Sunday Times Science Book of the Year 2017; What A Wonderful World; Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You; Felicity Frobisher and the Three-Headed Aldebaran Dust Devil; and We Need to Talk to Kelvin and Afterglow of Creation, both of which were both runner-up for the Royal Society Book Prize. Marcus has also tried his hand at Apps and won The Bookseller Digital Innovation of the Year for Solar System for iPad.

Marcus is a regular guest on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and was also a regular on the BBC4 comedy-science show It’s Only A Theory with Andy Hamilton and Reginald D. Hunter. He has appeared at a variety of events from the Cheltenham Literary Festival to the Sydney Writers Festival, from the National Theatre to the Wilderness Festival. And he has done stand-at comedy at a variety of venues from an upturned inflatable cow on London’s South Bank to a glass-bottomed boat in a shark tank at the Brighton Sealife Centre.

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.


Funzing Talks are here to re-invent your evenings, creating an exciting alternative to having a drink in your local pub or bar. Funzing Talks pull together an impressive array of leading entrepreneurs, intellectuals, bright thinkers and incredible individuals to inspire your evenings and expand your mind.

Held in a carefully selected range of intimate spaces, Funzing Talks is the ultimate boredom-buster.

Delve into a totally new subject and challenge your perspectives with like-minded, equally curious people. It's time to try something different — you never know where it may take you.
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