An exploration of space and time and a journey of discovery, through thirteen of the most fascinating Christmas Lectures given at the Royal Institution of Great Britain over the last 200 years. With a foreword by ESA astronaut Tim Peake.
Started at the Royal Institution (RI) in 1825 by Michael Faraday, the Christmas Lectures have been broadcast on television since the 1960s and have formed part of the British Christmas tradition for generations. First devised to attract young people to the magic of science through spectacular demonstrations, they are now watched by millions of people around the world every year.
Drawing on the incredible archive at the RI, which is packed full of handwritten notebooks, photographs and transcripts, this book will focus on thirteen of the most captivating Lectures given at the RI on space and time, taking a look at what we thought we knew then and what has been discovered since.
Colin Stuart is a space geek who talks to tens of thousands of people about the stars every year. A freelance science writer too, he has written for the Guardian, Observer, New Scientist and the European Space Agency amongst many others. He has been a runner-up in the European Astronomy Journalism Prize and is the author of several books, including 13 Journeys Through Space and Time, The Big Questions in Science and Why Space Matters to Me. A fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, he's talked about the wonders of the universe on Sky News, BBC News and Radio 5Live.