Seven days in science - 1 April 2010

01 October 2010

School children were given a unique insight into one of Britain’s most famous and iconic scientific figures – Sir Isaac Newton – at a two-day Capital Science workshop at the Royal Armouries in London on Wednesday (31 March).

On the same day (31 March), Professor George Gheverghese Joseph gave a lecture on Indian Mathematics in World Mathematics at Asia House. He discussed the Indian contribution to world Mathematics by looking at the early texts of the Vedic period through to achievements in Medieval Kerala and explored mathematical concepts such as zero and infinity. This Capital Science event was the second in a series hosted by Asia House and the Royal Society celebrating Asia’s contribution to modern scientific thought.

A range of activities that look into how Manchester scientists and engineers made and used energy started at the Museum of Science and Industry on Tuesday (27 March). Heroes of Energy runs throughout the Easter school holiday (until 11 April) as part of the Local Heroes programme.

In recognition of her extraordinary contributions to the promotion of science and science in society, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, was awarded the Royal Society’s King Charles II Medal on Thursday (1 April).

The Edinburgh International Science Festival starts this Saturday (3 April). Running for two weeks (until 17 April), festival highlights include BBC One’s Bang Goes the Theory Roadshow, and speakers such as Brian Cox, David Leigh FRS, and Jim Al-Khalili.

Tickets are now available for See Further: The Festival of Science + Arts, a unique ten-day summer festival at Southbank Centre in celebration of the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary. The festival will explore links between the sciences and arts, science and our human impulse to understand the world we live in. A host of cross-disciplinary collaborations, scientific and artistic events will also feature.