Week In Geek: 2-8 July 2012

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Week In Geek: 2-8 July 2012

Royal Society Summer Science ExhibitionLondon events for people with curious minds.

Event Of The Week

The Royal Society's Summer Science exhibition rolls around again. This is your chance to meet leading British scientists face to face, and get them to explain their work in everyday terms. This year's highlights include researchers looking at animal vision, nanoscale motors, robotic football, a genetic map of Britain and a 100 year-old cosmic mystery. A series of scientific talks is also programmed. The exhibition runs 3-8 July and also offers the chance to explore the Royal Society's exquisite headquarters above The Mall. FREE

Monday 2 July

LONDON SPORT: Tonight provides another chance to catch Simon Inglis talk about his forthcoming book Played in London, which covers the various sports and games invented and practiced in the capital. He'll be speaking at the Building Centre. FREE, 6.30pm

LONDON LIT: The British Library puts on an evening devoted to fictional writing about London. An impressive panel includes Steven Berkoff, Aidan Andrew Dun, Stella Duffy and Stewart Home. £7.50/£5, 6.30pm

Tuesday 3 July

T'INTERNET: The Internet isn't just a vast, unknowable virtual space. It's also a tangible tangle of cables, servers, tubes and whatnot. Andrew Blum discusses the physical side to the Net at the London School of Economics. FREE, 6.30pm

CINE-MAPPING: London Transport Museum carries on its current mappish obsession with an evening about audio-visual mapping through the use of video. £10/£8, 6.30pm

DESIGN: Sir Terrence Conran discusses his long and distinguished career at the V&A. £9/£6, 7pm

Wednesday 4 July

SUBLIMINAL: A neuroscientist and a mind-reading trickster are at this month's Salon event at the Adam Street Members' Club, for an evening themed around the subconscious. Music will be provided by Rough Trade's Lucy Tesco. £10, 7pm

GAMERDISCO: Spend Independence Day at a video-game-themed club night. Play vintage games, listen to period music and get a bit tipsy at the GamerDisco night at the Book Club in Shoreditch. FREE ENTRY, 7.30pm

Thursday 5 July

THE LONDONER CHALLENGE: Get your tickets for the ultimate London quiz. Teams from north, south, east and west compete in a University Challenge-style quiz, in which all the questions are about London. £6, 7pm

ENVIRONMENT: The Green Party's Caroline Lucas MP gives a talk in Portcullis House entitled 'Austerity and the Environment', looking at the rise of green politics in these times of troubled economics. FREE, 6.30pm

LEONARDO: Martin Clayton and Alice Roberts discuss Leonardo Da Vinci at Wellcome Collection. FREE, 7pm

ALT.HISTORY: The Olympic project wasn't the first proposal for the Lower Lea Valley. A panel including Saskia Sassen, Will Self, Anna Minton and Stephen Gill look at the various abandoned schemes to improve the Stratford area. £10, 7.45pm

Friday 6 July

CONVENTION: London Film And Comic Con returns to Olympia today, Saturday and Sunday. Stars in attendance include Gillian Anderson, John Simm, Hayden Panettiere, Dave Prowse, Charles Dance, and a throbbing warp core of other big names. Ticket price and times vary

Saturday 7 July

ARCHAEOLOGY: Some of the key archaeological findings from the various Crossrail digs are displayed at Grays Antiques, 26 South Molton Lane. FREE, 10am-5pm

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments. Or tip us off about future events by emailing matt@londonist.com

Last Updated 02 July 2012