Sunday, 30 September 2012

Friday Evening Discourse Running Order

Our Friday Evening Discourse at the Royal Institution was not recorded. 

It was also unscripted, so I cannot recall exactly what we discussed. 

However there was a loose running order and a Powerpoint presentation, so here’s my best recollection of how it unfolded:

Brady Haran discussed his time working at the BBC and how it could be difficult to tell science stories in unusual ways. Cheaper technology and advent of websites like YouTube had made it possible to try new things.

He then explained The Periodic Table of Videos itself. 

It was then revealed our lecture would, in-keeping with the Royal Institution, be based on artefacts – namely objects related to our four years of film-making.

Professor Martyn Poliakoff was introduced and discussed the first object – his supercritical fluid rig which played a crucial role in his first meeting with Brady.

Neil Barnes was then introduced and the second object was discussed by Brady, the match on a stick.

Neil used it to ignite a series of balloons containing helium and hydrogen. The subsequent explosions seemed to make an impact!

Martyn discussed the next item – solidified molten iron left over from our thermite reactions. We showed brief video clips from our thermite videos.



Brady displayed a rock from the disused quarry in Ytterby and discussed the films we made there.

Martyn introduced the “small metallic collider” used in many of alkali metal videos and Neil demonstrated how it worked. Video clips were also shown.



Brady showed off “end products” from other periodicvideos reactions and played video clips. Martyn discussed these reactions in more detail.



Martyn discussed the Nobel Prize and how we have covered the prize over the past four years. He also revealed a real Nobel Prize medial loaned to us by winner Sir Paul Nurse.



An audience member helped The Professor weigh the medal.

Brady revealed The Professor’s huge collection of neckties, sharing a few anecdotes about them and revealing one damaged by white phosphorus. Martyn told more white phosphorus stories.

Neil then demonstrated a reaction of white phosphorus in a pure oxygen environment.

Brady displayed our “tiny artworks” – the periodic table etched on a hair and the Queen etched on a diamond.

Martyn discussed vodka, showing his Zirconium vodka glass and bottle of Mendeleev vodka. He discussed their role in various videos.



Neil volunteered to drink a shot of the vodka!

Brady discussed our interaction with fans, telling the stories of Eddie from Arkansas, Edoardo from Italy and Martyn the Mole. Displayed items sent in by various fans.

Martyn revealed the glass tube used in Barking Dog reactions – Neil then performed two barking dogs.

Martyn concluded the lecture by paying tribute to other members of the team and thanking our sponsors.



About 15 minutes of questions followed, covering topics such as education, assessing the success of the videos and what we plan to cover in the future.

READ A MORE COLOURFUL DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENING AND WHAT HAPPENED BEHIND THE SCENES

4 comments:

  1. Hi Brady, again congratulations to you and the team. I was wondering if you could email me if possible the photo taken by someone(sorry cannot recall his name)of the Prof, yourself and me just prior to the lecture. It would be a nice memento for me to keep. I hope you can do more similar lectures soon.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I really want to hear what you say about your time at the BBC and the difficulties of telling science stories in unusual ways.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Leading League Ice skating has chosen three completely different playoff formats considering that inception of this World Show in 1901. But, most argue during the formats that used. www.scorespro.com

    ReplyDelete
  4. Its so unfortunate that my husband left me after five years in marriage. thought he finally left the house in the third year of our marriage just because i was unable to conceive. i wonder what happened to Andrea Delacruz my husband that makes him leave the house. he is a God fearing person and very humble. i know that leaving me wasn't ordinary. we dated for seven months and i never notice such character in him before i married him. i cried and wept through my days and night because i really love Andrea Delacruz my husband. in the process of crying and thinking, i recall that his grand mom never support our marriage, she never wanted me to be married to the family. i never give up and i prayed for God to intervene. one a faithful day it was a Thursday morning when my fellow college in my working place noticed my attitude and behavior seems different from the real me and i never wanted to disclosed my Family issues but i shared with her my feeling and what i have been going through. she told me that something similar to these happened to her Elder sister and she told me that everything will be fine. she later invite me to her house to meet her elder sister then i opened up to her and she refers me to a man called Dr. Sambo and i did just as she said. i called Dr. Sambo immediately and he respond to my call in that moment and the first thing he said was 'WOMAN WOMAN' you have to believe and have faith that your problem will be solved. i asked, what should i do? then he said to me in two days time my husband will be back and i asked, Dr. Sambo is this going to be real? the last thing he said was that i will testify of his work. i did just as instructed and i watch for good forty-eight {48} hours. hmm-mm, it was a good night time at 10:05pm within the days that Dr. Sambo told me that my husband Andrea Delacruz will be back, at first i heard the bell rings getting close to my door i heard someone saying HONEY!!!, it sound familiar i opened the door and i saw my husband standing and weeping in front of me. i was not surprised because its all i have been praying for him to come back home. Guess what in six days after i noticed my system and my body temperature is changed and i went to clinic for check up and the doctor told me that there is life in me which means i am pregnant i really wants to use this opportunity to thanks Dr. Sambo so much and my lovely collage who directed me to Dr. Sambo if you have any problem or predicament that is worse or exactly like this you have been into, i plead you to contact Dr. Sambo
    Dr. Sambo E-MAIL: divinespellhome@gmail.com

    Dr. Sambo Whats,App.+2348145810121


    ReplyDelete