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The Environmental Challenges of MegaCities – Professor Carolyn Roberts

Faced with escalating population pressure and new construction technologies, western architects are designing cities in the skies, and under the sea. If built, these will sit alongside older metropolitan areas such as London, Tokyo and Shanghai, where more and more people are squeezing into built-up areas. The era of megacities is already with us, and …

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Richard Susskind: What Will Happen When A.I and the Internet Meet The Professions?

Gresham Professor Richard Susskind asks and aims to answer; What Will Happen When A.I and the Internet Meet The Professions? Two futures are outlined for the professions. Both rest on technology. One is reassuringly familiar. It is a more efficient version of what we have today. The second is transformational – a gradual replacement of …

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GreshamCollege: The Expanding Universe – Professor Joseph Silk

Professor Joseph Silk FRS embarks on an illustrious journey through the universe to explain the paradigm shift in todays scientific view on the physical expansion of space. It was once inconceivable that the universe could be expanding. The static universe survived three thousand years of analysis and observation, to become enshrined as a cosmological solution …

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Gresham College: Professor Paul Cartledge | Ten Things You Really Should Know About Ancient Greek Democracy

Professor Paul Cartledge explores the democracy in ancient Greece and the origins of the word, and how that distinguishes from todays notion of democracy. Myths abound about ancient Greek democracy actually, there was no such thing. That is, there was no such one thing. Even Athens, which invented both the thing and the name, had …

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Gresham College: The Five Catastrophes That Made London – Professor Dr Simon Thurley

London is perhaps the most dynamic old world city on the planet – renewal has been at the heart of its success. Disaster has never been courted, but when it has come it has provided the platform for advances that have been at first sight architectural but with hindsight economic and social.

Gresham College: Our Future Off Earth | Christopher Impey

What are the latest developments in Space investigation? What might the future hold? …When might we start living on Mars? The Space Age is half a century old. Its early successes were driven by a fierce superpower rivalry between the Soviet Union and the United States, which tended to obscure the fact that exploration and …

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Gresham College: Why Society Needs Astronomy and Cosmology – Dr Roberto Trotta

Fundamental research into astronomy, cosmology and particle physics is a luxury that humankind cannot do without. The cultural, technological and scientific returns far outweigh the costs…  

Gresham College: The Mathematics of Evolutionary Biology – Professor Sarah Coakley

The latter part of the 20th century saw a revulsion against classic forms of “natural theology” which was propelled as much by theological fashion as by secular scientific resistance. This lecture lays out a cautious case for the reconsideration of a new style of “natural theology”. It does so in the light of remarkable new …

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Gresham College: Germs, Genes and Genesis: The History of Infectious Disease – Professor Steve Jones

We have an idea of where to place the cradle of civilization, but where is the cradle of disease? Where do infectious diseases come from? Some come from animals, but we gave some back (as cattle picked up TB from farmers). Leviticus discusses the problem of leprosy at some length and even develops an early …

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GreshamCollege: Cyberspace: Security and Democracy A Panel Discussion

Professor Tim Connell chairs a panel discussion from the speakers at the Cyberspace conference. The panel also attempt to answer questions from the audience. We live increasingly in a digital world, born of almost universal networked connectivity. Technology has brought us new types of products and services, pervading all areas of our lives, personal and …

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Gresham College: A Cosmic Perspective: Panel Discussion

The Royal Society was founded at a Gresham College lecture delivered by Robert Hooke. We imagine that it would have been something like this panel which features five of the Emeritus Gresham Professors of Astronomy and thus the leading thinkers in the field. Together, the panel tackles issues of profound importance to the future of …

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GreshamCollege: Royal Houses from the Saxons to the Hundred Years’ War – Simon Thurley

Early Royal residences have much to teach us about the role of British Kings. Simon Thurley reveals all the palace secrets.  

Gresham College: Professor Carolin Crawford | The Search for Dark Matter

An introduction to the hunt for dark matter that takes us up to the most current research and theories. The stars and galaxies, dark matter does not give off any radiation – we can only detect it through its gravitational pull. It accounts for a quarter of the Universe, yet we do not yet understand …

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Gresham College: The Next Big Questions in Astronomy

For each exciting advance or discovery that takes place in Astronomy, other just as important questions either arise or remain unanswered. What will the near future bring? Exciting space missions, satellites and telescopes – and the fundamental scientific challenges they are designed to tackle. Carolin Susan Crawford is a British communicator of science, astrophysicist researcher, …

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Gresham College: Genius or Madness? The Psychology of Creativity

“Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide” (Dryden) There often seems to be a link between creativity and mental illness. Many great poets, playwrights, artists and composers suffered from depression, alcoholism, obsessionality, bipolar or psychotic disorders at some time in their lives. How strong is the link …

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GreshamCollege: David Stevenson | The Military History of the First World War | Overview and Analysis

he entire military history in just under an hour, with close examination of the changing tactics and weaponry that made this such an appalling conflict: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and… This lecture will analyse the reasons for the failure in 1914-15 of the initial war of movement and the factors underlying the trench stalemate that characterised the middle years …

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Gresham College: Carolin Crawford | The Early Universe

When did the first stars form? And how did they assemble to form the earliest galaxies? Professor Carolin Crawford shows what happened during the ‘dark ages’ that span the period between the Big Bang and the first galaxies, and how the very early Universe came to resemble the one we see around us now. Gresham …

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Panel Discussion: Six Degrees of Innovation: Investing in Green Technology

A panel discussion between Professor Richard Templer, Chris Hewett and Jan-Peter Onstwedder, chaired by Professor Michael Mainelli. The panellists start by examining the role of different sectors in green investment, and looking at the problems caused by political instability, a short-termist and excessively complex financial system, and difficulties in scaling up from prototypes to more …

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