Week In Geek: 13-19 July 2015

Sarah Jayne Bell
By Sarah Jayne Bell Last edited 28 months ago
Week In Geek: 13-19 July 2015

London events for people with inquisitive minds.

Monday 13 July

NOVELS: The Fiction Lab at the Royal Institution is a monthly book club discussing novels about scientists. This month's book is The Trudeau Vector by Juris Jurjevics. Free, just turn up, 7pm

How are insects coping with environmental change? Find out at the Institute of Zoology on Tuesday. Bumble Bee, photo by Andrew McCarter from Londonist Flickr pool.

Tuesday 14 July

FRENCH INTELLECTUALS: Why have the French lost their mojo when it comes to philosophy, theory and ideas? Academic and author Sudhir Hazareesingh will offer some answers in a lunch time lecture at the Royals Society for the Arts. Free, prebook, 1pm

INSECTS: Long term monitoring of insects is important for understanding enviromental change, public health and agriculture. A panel of scientists will highlight key findings of major studies of bugs in Britain at the Institute of Zoology. Free, just turn up, 6pm

HOLOGRAMS: Physics geeks and people who observe them should enjoy this public lecture which starts with a review of the basics of quantum mechanics and goes on to tell us that the universe is a hologram. Or something like that. Professor Jan Plefka will be speaking about The world as a hologram: News from string theory at Kings College London. Free, prebook, 7pm

PUZZLES: If you like puzzles, people and pubs, then Puzzled Pint is the perfect pastime for you. A monthly meeting of puzzle geeks, the location is posted as a puzzle on their website. Free, just turn up (if you are smart enough to solve the puzzle)

Geek fashion at Nerd Nite on Wednesday.

Wednesday 15 July

REWILDING: George Monbiot is the ZSL London Zoo's 'author for animals' this week, speaking about his book Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding. £12/£8, prebook, 6.30pm

FASHION: When geeks do fashion it's all about what spies were wearing in World War II, who invented the perm and the technology of underwear; then they dance. Join Nerd Nite London for three short talks and some music at Paper Dress Vintage, with all proceeds to charity. £7.50, prebook, 7.45pm

Thursday 16 July

BRYOZOANS: Mary Spencer-Jones and V Factor volunteers will show you how they prepare specimens for the Natural History Museum's bryozoan collection. Bryozoans are aquatic, invertebrate hermaphodites, commonly called 'moss animals' (but you already knew that). Free, just turn up, 11am and 2pm

BATS: Feeling inspired by Londonist's recent bat walk in Fulham? Keep your ears and eyes out for the common pipistrelle and other London bats on a bat walk at Brixton Windmill, guided by Dr Iain Boulton. Free, prebook, 9.20pm

Search for bats at Brixton Windmill on Thursday nights, photo by Owen Llewellyn from Londonist Flickr pool.

Friday 17 July

ZOO HISTORY: A trip to the zoo has been an exciting outing for generations of Londoners. Learn about the history of ZSL London Zoo, its architecture and connections to Charles Darwin and Winnie the Pooh on this history tour (also on Saturday). £5, prebook, 10am

RICHARD III: Royal watching has never been so interesting, as Turi King from the University of Leicester presents a lecture on the science behind the recent rediscovery of the remains of Richard III at the British Museum. £5, prebook, 6.30pm

Saturday 18 July

ZOO HISTORY: Busy on Friday? Here's another chance to join ZSL London Zoo's history tour. £5, prebook, 10am

SEX: A whole day of writers, academics, scientists and curators talking about sexual desire at the Wellcome Trust, part of The Institute of Sexology exhibition. £18/£15, preebook, 10.30am

Discover the history of ZSL London Zoo on Friday or Saturday. Photo by Joey Ramone from the Londonist Flickr pool.

Sunday 19 July

CROCODILES: A rare chance to cuddle a caiman crocodile in Crouch End. Part of the first of a series of Animal Lectures, this collaboration between photographer Andrew McGibbon and animal handler Trevor Smith mixes art, science and reptile petting at the Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre. £12/£7, prebook, 12pm

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Last Updated 11 July 2015