Tuesday 10th September, 2013
Hundreds of school-children, parents and followers of the series of What on Earth? Wallbooks yesterday gathered at London’s famous Science Museum for the launch of the new What on Earth? Wallbook of Science & Engineering.
Jonathan Newby, Chief Operating Officer of the Science Museum Group introduced the lecture given by Wallbook author Christopher Lloyd in his new coat of many pockets. Andy Forsshaw, Wallbook illustrator extraordinaire, was also resident as was Steve Howell, a new member of the team, helping to develop the first ever Wallbook app which was given an early viewing on the giant IMAX screen.
The Science Museum has recently upgraded its IMAX cinema so that it can double up as a theatre. New lights and a drop-down hydraulic stage make the venue perfect for lectures, theatre workshops and launches.
I thought that the Wallbook lecture given by Christopher Lloyd was fantastic. It was a delight to see the enthusiasm of the children. It would surely make wonderful television programmes. John Sterling
The new science Wallbook talk follows the path of 14 of the most extraordinary moments in the history of science & engineering from the Stone Ages to the present day across a complete spectrum from abstract (Maths & Measurement) to infinity (Sky & Space). Along the way different scientists and engineers are offered up by Christopher to the audience for them to vote on – depending on the impact they have had on planet, life and people – awarding them either a Golden Globe or a Wooden Spoon. In this way the additional story of ‘unintended consequences’ emerges from the list of extraordinary achievements humans have made thanks to their brains and hands over the last 10,000 years.
Scientists & engineers featured in the talk included Bramagupta, Curt Herzstark, Albert Einstein, James Bonsack, Edward Jenner, Charles Darwin, Alfred Wegener, Haber/Bosch, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Edison, The Unknown Scribe, George Stephenson, The Wrights Brothers and Edwin Hubble. Topics covered range from atomic power to lung cancer, and plate tectonics to the iconic symbolism of Vitruvian Man.
Christopher Lloyd will be giving the first ever Institution of Mechanical Engineers Children’s Christmas Lecture on Monday 25th November 2013. For details on getting in touch please click here.