Events for Londoners with curious minds.
After a fortnight's summer break, we're back with more events of a geeky persuasion.
Monday 29 August
STEAM: See a giant of Victorian industry in full steam, at the special Bank Holiday steaming of the Markfield Beam Engine in South Tottenham. FREE, 1pm/3pm
Wednesday 31 August
SPACE: It's the final Wednesday of the month, which means its Science Museum Lates evening. Mill around the museum with a glass of wine and no children to spoil the geekery. Tonight's theme is the science of the universe. FREE, 6.45pm-10pm
Thursday 1 September
FILM: Watch childhood favourite E.T. The Extraterrestrial in the open-air Nomad Cinema in Bushy Park. £12.50, 8pm
SPACE: The British Interplanetary Society, prosaically based in Vauxhall, have an evening devoted to space art, with a talk by respected artist David A Hardy. £5, 7pm
BEES: A new public artwork gets unveiled in Bishops Square, Spitalfields today, highlighting the similarities in adversity between human and bee societies. The advance heralds are tight-lipped about what BEE BOX encompasses, but it apparently involves real bees. The work is by Anne Brodie who you may remember from recent exhibitions using microbial luminescence as art. FREE
CITIZEN SCIENCE: A Talkfest event at Charles Darwin House (off Gray's Inn Road) delves into some very interesting questions of science communication. Should scientists consider communication of their work to non-scientists (e.g. through blogging) as part of their role? How far should keen amateurs be encouraged to participate in science and its communication? Alice Bell chairs the informal event (it has cake). FREE, 6.30pm
Friday 2 September
QUIZ: Head along to Juno in Shoreditch for a fiendish sci/tech/geek quiz from the SameAs meetup group. How do we know it's fiendish? All 60 questions were written by Londonist Editor M@. FREE, 7pm start
SCI-FI/FANTASY: The British Library has an evening devoted to author Robert Holdstock, described by some as an heir to Tolkein. Speakers include Stephen Baxter and Brian Aldiss. £7.50, 6.30pm
Sunday 4 September
INDUSTRY: Another chance to poke around the Kirkaldy Testing Museum on Southwark Street, a tiny shrine to engineering and industry. FREE, 11am-3pm
FILM: The Nomad Cinema continues its nomadic ways, tonight reaching Roundwood Park in Willesden. Tonight's film? Perhaps the greatest sci-fi film of all time: Back to the Future. £8.50, 8pm
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