London events for people with curious minds.
Monday 11 February
BOOKS: Fiction Lab returns to the Royal Institution — a monthly book club for science-based novels. Today’s book for discussion is Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver. Free, just turn up, 7pm
Tuesday 10 February
HISTORY: Mike Rendell, at a Museum of London Gresham lecture, discusses the fascinating story of an 18th century haberdasher on London Bridge who recorded what he ate, what he purchased, how he slept and what the weather was like in obsessive detail. Free, just turn up, 6pm
Wednesday 13 February
OIL: How much oil reserves are left, and what new technologies are helping draw the black stuff from untapped sources? Ann Muggeridge discusses at Imperial College. Free, just turn up, 5.30pm
PROGRAMMING: Gordon Plotkin gives a talk at the Royal Society on the rise of artificial languages, metamathematics and computer programming. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm
FILM: The Dana Centre screens Chasing Ice, a documentary about one man’s quest for indisputable evidence of climate change. Free, prebook, 6.30pm
Thursday 14 February
CHOLERA: A dubious Valentine’s treat at the Wellcome Library, where the late opening features a talk on the ‘blue death’ of cholera. Free, prebook, 6pm
ANIMAL SEX: A slightly more amorous atmosphere unfolds at the Grant Museum, where they’ll be handing out wine and describing how seduction is done in the animal kingdom. £5, just turn up, 6pm
Friday 15 February
TRANSPORT: London Transport Museum opens late, and wants to show off its new exhibition of Tube posters. £8, prebook, 6.45-10pm
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