13 Oct 2018 - The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being with Professor Alice Roberts.
A lecture with Q&As on
Saturday 13 Oct 2018 - 2:00-4:00pm
at UCL IOE, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL.
Professor Roberts will be delivering an hour's talk followed by a 20 minute interval, then 20 min more talk followed by 20 min Q&A.
She will be talking on embryology and evolution, with a focus on the spine and human locomotion in the second part.
Professor Alice Roberts
Professor Alice Roberts is an academic, author and broadcaster.
She makes programmes and writes books about human anatomy, physiology, embryology, evolution, archaeology and history. She passionately believes that universities are about generating and spreading knowledge to the widest possible audience.
Professor Roberts is a medical doctor, and went on to become a university lecturer. She taught human anatomy to students and doctors, and did research into human origins and disease in ancient skeletons. But all the time, she felt that it was important to engage with people outside universities, of all ages and backgrounds. She has been Professor of Public Engagement with Science at the University of Birmingham since 2012.
(Picture by David Stevens)
Two of her books that will be available at the talk are listed below:
The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being: Evolution and the Making of Us
Alice Roberts tells us about the most amazing story on the planet - the creation of the human animal. Nothing is more extraordinary and her guided tour of the human body takes us on a fascinating journey of self-discovery (Desmond Morris)
'Alice Roberts's engagingly personal style connects you to your ancestors, to your own beginnings as a single cell ... You emerge from her book entertained and with a deeper understanding of yourself' Richard Dawkins. (Richard Dawkins)
Tamed: Ten Species that Changed our World
"A masterpiece of evocative scientific storytelling." (Brian Cox)
"Epic and joyous, a landmark in the story of us." (Adam Rutherford)
"Two recent pioneers of the history of humanity are Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs and Steel, and Yuval Noah Harari, in his book Sapiens. It is a teeming subject, about which Roberts is multiply qualified to write, as an anatomist, archaeologist, anthropologist, paleopathologist and professor of public engagement in science. Roberts remains composed, engaging and undogmatic throughout… Tamed is an excellent point of entry for anyone who wants to understand the new deep human history and what it portends." (Peter Forbes, Guardian)
Special £60 per person or £110 for two. 25% student discount available with code XCZGNF. These prices and discounts will only apply till the 30th June after which the price will be higher.
Please book early to avoid disappointment as places will be limited and note that full refunds will be possible till 1 Sept 2018 (only partial ones after that date). All participants will receive an invoice and record of attendance after the event.
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