Week In Geek: 5-11 March 2012

Hexen 2.0 by Suzanne Treister, new art on show at the Science Museum from Wednesday.

London events for the curious of mind.

Tuesday 6 March
SCULPHICS: That’s a crappy word we’re coining to describe tonight’s unusual pairing of a sculptor and a materials physicist at The Devereux in Temple. The duo will individually explain their crafts, then look at the similarities. The event is organised by Ideas-Matter-Sphere. £5, 7pm

SCIENCE SHOWOFF: The quickfire science show returns to the Wilmington Arms for a series of mini-talks by bright-minded scientists and enthusiasts. 7.30pm, £5 suggested donation

ISLAMIC SCIENCE: This month’s PubSci event, held upstairs at the Roxy in Brixton, looks at the contribution of Islamic people to science, both historically and currently. FREE, 7.30pm

Wednesday 7 March
SCI-ART: Suzanne Treister’s new installation, HEXEN 2.0, somehow combines “post-WWII U.S.governmental and military imperatives” with “reimagined Tarot cards” and a “cybernetic seance”. Get to the bottom of it at the Science Museum until 1 May. FREE

ASTRONOMY: Learn about galactic groups, clusters and superclusters at a Gresham College lecture held at the Museum of London. FREE, 1pm

WEIRD MATERIALS: Head to Imperial College’s Sherfield Building to learn about graphene, a two-dimensional crystal found in pencil lead with potentially remarkable applications. FREE, 5.30pm

LAB-RATS: A UCL event exploring the work of animal researchers. FREE, 6.30pm

Thursday 8 March
HUMANITY: What does it mean to be human, and are we so different from the other animals? A weighty subject that behooves a weighty panel, and gets one in the eminent shapes of Sir Paul Nurse, Colin Blakemore, Robin Dunbar and Ruth Mace. It’s at the Royal Society. FREE, 6.30pm

WOMEN IN SCIENCE: Only one British woman (Dorothy Hodgkin) has won a scientific Nobel Prize. Vivienne Parry leads an event at the Dana Centre to discuss the roots of this imbalance, and possible ways of addressing it. FREE, 7pm

Saturday 10 March
FOSSILS: UCL’s Grant museum hosts a day-long, family-friendly event encouraging visitors to sift through London sediments in the hunt for fossils. FREE, 11am-4pm

TRANSPORT: Explore London Transport Museum’s Acton Depot today or tomorrow. The store contains miniature railways, vintage vehicles, spare signage, and historic posters and artwork. £10/£8, 11am-5pm

BEER: The London Sci-Fi/Fantasy Meetup group gets together once again in the Mad Hatter pub, Southwark to drink beer and talk geek. FREE, 5pm onwards

Sunday 11 March
DOUGLAS ADAMS: Had he lived, the much-loved Hitchhikers author would have been 60 this week. To celebrate, fans such as Brian Cox, Robin Ince and Terry Jones are holding a big bash at Hammersmith Apollo. Don’t forget your towel. £30, 5.30pm

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below. Tip us off about upcoming events by emailing matt@londonist.com

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