Physics in Action

In November A level Physics students visited the Emmanuel Centre in London where they attended a series of fascinating lectures: “Physics in Action”. Speakers included author and broadcaster, Simon Singh, whose books include The Code Book, The Big Bang, Trick or Treatment and, most recently, The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets. He gave a great talk on the subject of the Big Bang, the current model of the universe according to which time and space emerged from a hot, dense and compact region billions of years ago.

Andrew Steele, a physicist and biologist, from Oxford University gave a wide-ranging presentation on quantum mechanics and a fascinating talk about the cutting edge of superconductor physics “Resistance is futile: the physics of superconductivity” which included news on super-fast, levitating trains to super-powerful magnets.

Dr Mark Lewney, winner of the first Famelab competition, spoke of What will the Future be like and how possible futures changed dramatically over the centuries, leading to modern Quantum Physics and Chaos Theory. He also entertained us unexpectedly with his electric guitar with a very Physics-version rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody!

Cerri Brenner talked about new developments in the most powerful lasers in the world” and and their application for cancer treatment or jet engine imaging.

Finally Suzie Imber, winner of BBC’s Astronauts spoke on astronaut training as well as the life of a planetary research scientist. It was a highly entertaining and very informative day!

Mr Anderton