Collision at the Royal Institution, with Steven Moffat, Margaret Drabble and Spencer Kelly.

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01 December 2023

21 Albemarle St, London W1S 4BS

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About the event

Join renowned writers Steven Moffat and Margaret Drabble, alongside the physicist Kristin Lohwasser and Collision co-editor Connie Potter from CERN, as they embark on an intellectually exhilarating conversation led by the BBC’s Spencer Kelly that delves deep into the captivating world of particle physics.

This groundbreaking collaboration unites literary luminaries with physicists immersed in the awe-inspiring projects conducted at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Within the hallowed halls of this particle physics mecca, they unravel the mysteries of the universe, peel back the layers of reality, and voyage into the very essence of existence itself.

From the tantalising prospect of encountering antimatter aliens, who dance on the brink of our understanding of the cosmos, to the profound contemplation of the enigmatic enigma that is quantum mechanics, these erudite minds will traverse the vast expanse of scientific inquiry. They will explore these captivating scientific frontiers through the rigours of academic discourse and transcend into the realm of creative fiction and thought-provoking essays.

Their captivating discussion will reveal how their interactions with the brilliant scientists at CERN have ignited the fires of their imagination. These encounters have catalysed weaving intricate narratives and crafting profound essays bridging the gap between science and the human experience.

Prepare to embark on intellectual stimulation and artistic inspiration as they illuminate the boundless interplay between science and fiction, knowledge and creativity, and the profound interconnections that define our shared human experience.

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