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From flying frogs to Earth’s final fate – University of Warwick Christmas physics lectures

Flying frogs, the Higgs Boson and the ultimate fate of planet Earth are all wrapped up in a trio of festive and fun public lectures to be held at the University of Warwick.

The public are invited to come to three engaging and accessible Christmas lectures by University of Warwick physicists and to enjoy a minced pie and mulled wine before the events, as they contemplate the workings of the universe.

Following the discovery of the Higgs Boson at CERN earlier this year, the first in the series on Wednesday 28 November will see Daniel Scully explain what it is, how it was found and what it means for science.

Enthusiastic GCSE and A level students and their families are warmly welcomed to the department to consider one of the most talked about discoveries of the year.

On Wednesday 5 December, Professor Boris Gaensicke will take the audience on a tour of the distant future of our solar system as we catch a glimpse of the destruction of Earth by observing other planetary systems that have already evolved that far. This lecture will be accessible to teenagers or adults.

Rachel Edwards and Andy Howes will round off the series on Wednesday 12 December with a look at physicist's tools of the trade: liquid nitrogen and magnetic fields - including levitation, balloon animals and some crazy outfits. This lecture is ideal for the young, or the young at heart.

Ally Caldecote, University of Warwick Ogden School Teacher Fellow said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the public to the physics department, to blow their minds with the latest discoveries, questions that seem impossible to answer and in our final lecture, an opportunity for some crazy antics.

“Come at 7pm and join real life scientists for mulled wine and mince pies and be prepared to be amazed.”

Further information and details of registration are available here


For further information please contact Ally Caldecote on Tel: 078 7621 7701 or a dot caldecote at warwick dot ac dot uk