Week In Geek: 26 November-2 December 2012

 

Colourful architecture at RIBA (see Tuesday).

London events for people with curious minds.

Monday 26 November

SCIENCE BOOKS: Join comedian Ben Miller at the Royal Society, as he introduces the shortlisted titles for the 2012  Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. Free, just turn up, 6pm

Tuesday 27 November

MEDICINE: Sir Richard Evans looks at the history of tuberculosis. This Gresham talk takes place at the Museum of London. Free, just turn up, 6pm

ARCHITECTURE: The final Tuesday of the month is always open evening at RIBA on Portland Place. Tonight’s event is themed around colour and light in architecture, with talks, tours and exhibitions. Free, just turn up, 6-10pm

HISTORY: Isaac Newton is noted for many things, but as an historian? Apparently, the great man produced a work that challenged conventional thinking on the history of ancient civilisations. Mordechai Feingold and Jed Buchwald reveal all at the Royal Society. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

CREATIVITY: A panel of Professors assemble at London School of Economics to discuss the origins and channeling of creativity. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

CROWDS: More science-in-pub, as Chris Cocking introduces the science of crowd behaviour, at the oft-crowded Cittie of Yorke. Free, just turn up, 7pm

NEUROSCIENCE: The Cafe Scientifique format comes to Woody’s in Kingston, where Mark Preece speaks about the use of brains imaging to map mental illness. Free, just turn up, 7pm

Wednesday 28 November

LATES: The Science Museum holds its monthly late opening for adults, with booze and entertainment. This time round, the theme is communications. Free, just turn up, 6.45pm

AGEING: This month’s Science London event discusses recent advances in research about ageing, and the role fruit flies are playing in revealing the genetics behind ageing. This one’s upstairs at The Lamb on Lamb’s Conduit Street. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Thursday 29 November

SCI-ART: Jugular, a new science meets art entertainment show with plenty of audience participation, takes place at a mystery location tonight. £15, 6.30pm

BONES: Imperial College put on a special night devoted to all things boney. Come along and speak to researchers, try your end at keyhole surgery, and have your gait analysed. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Friday 30 November

GADGETS: The Gadget Show Live comes to ExCel for three days of gizmos, tech talks and more. £11, 9am-6pm

LUNCH LECTURES: UCL’s odd couple of lunchtime lectures this week include a neuroscientist discussing how autism might make it harder for people to visualise future events, and historian Corrado Secchi on the history of consumer co-operation. Free, just turn up, 1.10pm

MORE LATES: The Natural History Museum is open late for adults this evening. Free, just turn up, 6-10pm

LONDINIUM: Museum of London turns all Roman for a late opening, with various crafts and activities. £7, prebook, 7pm

Saturday 1 December

COMICS: Full Stage Splash is a stage production featuring four actors in 65 roles, offering a “comic look at the comic book“. It’s on at Hen & Chickens Theatre. £8, 9.30pm

CHESS: The London Chess Classic comes to Olympia, with 10 days of hardcore pawn. £15 per day, prebook

Booking Ahead

Helen Keen’s Spacetacular!, in partnership with Londonist and supported by the UK Space Agency, takes place at the Leicester Square Theatre on 27 January. Space scientists, comedians, musicians and others share an enthusiasm for space exploration, with the audience dressed in tin foil. Earlybird tickets are now on sale for £7.50. Book nowFollow Spacetacular! on Facebook.

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments, or tip us off about a future event by emailing matt@londonist.com

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