Monthly Archives: August 2013

It Is Rocket Science!

Helen Keen is a wonderful comedian. As the Guardian says:

Keen’s a perpetually inquisitive character whose comedy is fuelled by her childhood obsessions with space exploration. Harnessing a sharp comedy sensibility to an arsenal of fascinating facts, she’s a treat for anyone who matches a sense of humour with an inquiring mind.

Helen is just one of the amazing acts at our upcoming seasonal spectacular show, In The Geek Midwinter, “an evening of music, comedy, science and storytelling” (Dec 10th, Reading South St, tickets are a bloody steal, honestly I don’t know how we can make such a great show so cheap, it’s ridiculous).

Radio 4 is repeating the first and second series of Helen’s show It Is Rocket Science starting this coming Wednesday at 23:15. If you didn’t catch it first time around, why not give it a listen, fall in love with it, then head over to the Reading Arts website while we still have some In The Geek Midwinter tickets left.

Pop-Sci Book Club : The Philosophy of Science

Pop Sci Book ClubThe Pop Sci Book Club is a simple idea: read top popular science books and share your thoughts with other enthusiasts. It’s hosted by Kash Farooq on his ever wonderful blog, The Thought Stash, and I can’t think of many more enjoyable ways of expanding one’s mind.

The latest book for discussion is Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction by Samir Okasha, chosen by my good friend and neighbour Stephen Henstridge.

If that appeals then head here for links to buy the book and to join the discussion.

Do your bit. For science!

I want to share this email I got from my good chums at the local branch of the British Science Association. They bring a lot of top sciencey goodness round our way, and they could do a lot more with a little help.

The British Science Association envisages a society in which all walks of life are able to access science, engage with it and feel a sense of ownership about its direction.

Our lively branch is made up entirely of volunteers, holding events throughout the year, as well organising an annual Reading Science Week. Each month we host a Cafe Scientifique in partnership with the University of Reading.

We are looking for general volunteers to appoint for specific positions on the committee. If you are interested in getting involved in the branch please get in touch with the branch chair, Immy Smith.

We are also seeking a Reading Science Week coordinator, which is a bigger role. Reading Science Week is a popular celebration of science in the Thames Valley area, and comprises evening and weekend events for all ages, helping to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with a fun and inclusive programme.

For full details of the role, person specifications and contact details please see the relevant section of the British Science Association website:

http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/thames-valley-branch-looking-new-reading-science-week-coordinator

There is an application deadline of the 31st August, so please send a CV and covering letter to the branch chair before this date if you are interested.

The Thames Valley Branch look forward to receiving expressions of interest for joining the committee, or Reading Science Week coordinator applications.

Go on. Science isn’t going to outreach itself, you know.