Past lectures

Wednesday 24 September 2014

A discussion of the prospects of finding life, simple or intelligent, beyond our own planet. There is the possibility of finding...

Wednesday 13 April 2011

An overview of the development of cosmology over the last 100 years from the Big Bang models of the Universe to the astounding...

Wednesday 23 February 2011

The lecture will consider the legacy of both Edwin Hubble and the Space Telescope that bears his name - from Hubble's discovery of the...

Wednesday 19 January 2011

A look at the most violent events that occur in our Universe, from supernovae and hypernovae to the cause of gamma ray bursts and what...

Wednesday 15 December 2010

There are many things that we do not understand about our Universe. This lecture will discuss some of the most perplexing of these and...

Wednesday 24 November 2010

The Voyager spacecraft that toured through the giant planets of the...

Wednesday 27 October 2010

Black Holes seem to have a bad press that is largely undeserved....

Monday 20 September 2010

The Long Finance initiative to establish a World Centre of Thinking on Long-Term Finance began in 2007 with a question, "When would we...

Thursday 15 April 2010

Astronomers have learnt about the early universe from the discovery in 1965 and subsequent observations of the radiation left over from...

Thursday 18 February 2010

We know that some 3 to 4 thousand million years ago conditions on Mars could have supported life. We will chart our exploration of the...

Thursday 21 January 2010

Some of the most beautiful parts of the heavens are hidden from us here in the United Kingdom. The lecture will take us on a visual...

Thursday 17 December 2009

There is simple evidence that, even in recent times, the Earth has suffered major impacts from asteroids and comets. What dangers do...