Talks In London: 21-27 September

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Talks In London: 21-27 September
Pluto, looking lovely. See event on Monday.

Monday 21 September

COSMOLOGY: Like some kind of scenario from Red Dwarf, this month's Cafe Scientifique at the Royal Society asks 'is our universe a hologram?'. FREE, prebook, 6.30pm

MODELS: Now that computer modelling is so powerful, do we still need to build physical models of stuff? Yes, says a panel of architectural model makers (well they would, wouldn't they?) at the Building Centre. FREE, prebook, 6.30pm

CREATIVITY: Dave Trott's at London School of Economics to share some anecdotes about the creative impulse. FREE, just turn up, 6.30pm

PLUTO: We all marvelled at the recent images of Pluto from the New Horizons probe. A Guardian Live discussion, with a pretty impressive lineup, will look at the latest data and images, with additional discussion about the future of human spaceflight. £15, prebook, 7pm

FETISH: Dominic Davies is at Conway Hall to provide the ins and outs of kinky sex. What do people get out of BDSM, and what's going on with their brain chemistry? £12, prebook, 7pm

Tuesday 22 September

NHS: Did you know that Harold Wilson once resigned his position because of an argument about false teeth? Sort of. Find out more at a Gresham talk on the battles for a free NHS in the 1950s. FREE, just turn up, 6pm

EU: What are the pros and cons of Britain leaving the EU? This talk at Conway Hall looks like it's more about the pros, but it's free, so you've nothing to lose. FREE, just turn up, 7.30pm

ENERGY: How can we meet the energy needs of a growing population without further impacting the environment? A panel at the Royal Society offers a few thoughts. FREE, prebook, 6.30pm

Wednesday 23 September

BOOM! See, here's the thing about Gresham College — it's nothing if not eclectic. Following on from yesterday's talk about the 1950s NHS, Prof Joseph Silk gives you 45 minutes of his time to discuss the birth of the universe and the cosmic microwave background. FREE, just turn up, 1pm

POLITICAL RELIGION: Chris Moos is at Conway Hall to talk about secularism, free speech and getting his wrist slapped for wearing a 'Jesus and Mo' t-shirt. £2, prebook, 7pm

NERD NIGHT: An evening of light-hearted discussion about how to be happy and how to avoid hangovers, which often equates to the same thing. £7.50, prebook, 7pm

Thursday 24 September

DESIGN: Imperial College loves to show off its achievements. This month's Imperial Fringe showcases some of its projects where good design couples up with science and technology. Check out a zero-emission racing car, high-tech wheelchairs, 3D printers, the methods of the conservation team at the V&A, and the use of design tools in pharmaceutical research. FREE, prebook, 5pm-8pm

COX + BOOKS: Brian Cox presides over the Royal Society's annual prize for the best popular science book. FREE, prebook, 6.30pm

ROMAN HISTORY: The Romans' eastern frontiers get less attention than most of their other dominions. Tim Mitford discusses archaeology in the remote lands of eastern Turkey to the Black Sea, and shares his stories at the British Academy. £10, prebook, 6.30pm

Friday 25 September

SCIENCE UNCOVERED: Here's an alternative, fun and improving way to spend your Friday night. Head along to the Natural History museum for the free Science Uncovered festival. It's a Europe-wide initiative, with plenty of talks, demos and tours on offer. FREE, just turn up, 3pm-10pm

BLITZ: Guildhall Library is a smashing place for history of London talks. Today, hear about the fire crews who helped tackle the Blitz using water from the Thames. £5.93, prebook, 1pm

ARCHITECTURE: An evening of rapid pecha-kucha talks will explore some recent engineering marvels in the Middle East, focusing especially on the work of Arup. FREE, prebook, 7pm

QUANTUM ODDNESS: Really, really small things are, like, weird and stuff. Nobel laureate Serge Haroche will no doubt do a better job of describing the peculiarities of the quantum world during his Friday Evening Discourse at the Royal Institution. These are fun events, but quite formal, with smart dress encouraged. If you turn up in shorts and t-shirt, tell them that you were also wearing a full dress suit, but observation caused a wave-function collapse, leaving only the shabbier eigenstate they see before them. Scientists enjoy jokes like that. £17, prebook, 7.50pm