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Tuesday, 3 February 2015 - 6:00pm

Much attention is given to the total number of people living on the planet but less is given to the shape of the demographic profile of...

Wednesday, 4 February 2015 - 1:00pm

When did the first stars form? And how did they assemble to form the earliest galaxies? We shall look at what happened during the...

Wednesday, 4 February 2015 - 6:00pm

In this lecture, Professor Gwen Adshead will explore current conceptualisations of violence, using criminological, penal and...

Thursday, 5 February 2015 - 6:00pm

If the economy was to be regulated like a mechanism, what rules might be used to govern its fine-tuning? A number of insights have...

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 - 1:00pm

There are competing philosophical views of reality. Main contenders are: common sense, reductive materialism, radical empiricism, and...

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 - 6:00pm

Creation and Last Judgement, or Big Bang and Gravitational Collapse? Science has gradually explained away many cosmological phenomena...

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 - 6:00pm

Humans have evolved from ape-like ancestors over millions of years, of course; but also over thousands, for there are several cases in...

Thursday, 12 February 2015 - 6:00pm

Many of the UK's professional bodies have an explicit or implicit environmental remit (such as the 'Chartered Institute of Environmental...

Monday, 16 February 2015 - 6:00pm

Game Theory is a branch of mathematics which tells us how to outthink an opponent or competitor. The Prisoners' Dilemma is a paradox in...

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 - 1:00pm

Many people have heard of the Möbius band, a one-sided surface, but the work of August Möbius was more far reaching than just inventing...

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 - 6:00pm

In the 1990s a high mortality for certain operations became evident in Bristol as a result of findings by a ‘whistle-blowing...

Thursday, 19 February 2015 - 1:00pm

By the 1830s, guitars could be bought very cheaply at pawnbrokers’ shops, market stalls and the humblest of the ‘musical...