A lecture delivered each December to a total of more than six hundred local school pupils in years twelve and thirteen.
The Subtle Science of Soft Slimy Stuff!
A lecture by Professor Tom McLiesh
This Christmas Lecture takes us into the insides of sticky and slimy stuff – slugs crawl on it, our lungs clean themselves with it, plastics are made from frozen layers of it. But what is slime? And what makes it stringy? We dive into the tangled nano-world of chaotic dancing long-chain molecules and discover what has brought physicists together with chemists, engineers and biologists to explore why life itself is so slimy….
A lecture by Dr Pete Edwards
Most of our universe is missing! When we look into the night sky we realise there is much more out there than meets the eye. Our universe is filled with mysterious dark matter, whose gravity provides the cosmic glue that holds it together, and dark energy which is slowly tearing the universe apart. It seems that darkness rules.
This year’s Durham Physics Christmas Lecture turns to the dark side of the Universe. Pete will reveal the nature of the dark stuff, explain how we know it is there and explore what it does.
A lecture by Dr Del Atkinson
2013's Durham Physics Christmas Lecture explained the physics of how magnetism can store information both naturally in rocks and in electronic devices. The lecture went on to describe how information extracted from the natural magnetic memory in volcanic rocks revolutionised geology and how similar information has provided a method for dating archaeological artifacts. The talk then shot forward in time, describing how man-made magnetic memory devices led to the hard disk drive and cloud computing. Finally Del concluded his talk with some hints about the future of data storage for the electronic age.
|Year||Lecturer||Title of Lecture||Videos Available|
Prof Tom McLiesh
The Subtle Science of Soft Slimy Stuff!
Dr Pete Edwards
|2013||Dr Del Atkinson||Thanks for the memory - From hard rocks to hard disks: How magnetic information changed the world|
|2012||Prof P Richardson||2012: The year of the Higgs Boson|
|2011||Prof M Ward||The Ultimate Fate of the Universe|
|2010||Prof B K Tanner||Sounds Fantastic|
|2009||Prof J Girkin||Making light work for Doctors|
|2008||Dr G Love||Light: Skies, Eyes and Spies|
|2007||Prof G Weiglein||'The LHC - Exploring the mysteries of matter, space and time'|
|2006||Dr M R C Hunt||Nanotechnology: the next big thing is small|
|2005||Dr C Done||Extrasolar planets and extraterrestrial life|
|2004||Dr I G Hughes||Cool things to do with lasers|
|2003||Dr P J Edwards||A recipe for the universe|
|2002||Prof E W N Glover||The hunt for the Higgs|
|2001||Dr R P Cowburn||The incredible shrinking world of nanotechnology|
|2000||Dr C Done||Black holes - fact, fiction or fantasy?|
|1999||Prof R L Davies||New eyes on the universe: telescopes for the millennium|
|1998||Dr P D Hatton||Superconductivity: money, science and applications|
|1997||Prof D R Flower||Galactic nebulae|
|1996||Prof A D Martin||Neutrinos|
|1995||Dr R M Sharples||New light from the cosmos - astronomical technology in the 1990's|
|1994||Dr A P Monkman||A practical guide to lasers|
|1993||Dr T Shanks||Einstein's universe|
|1992||Prof W J Stirling||The fundamental particles - the building blocks of matter|
|1991||Dr C S Frenk||The universe: What is the matter?|
|1990||Prof B K Tanner||In record time|
|1989||Prof A W Wolfendale||Where do cosmic rays come from?|
|1988||Dr C J Maxwell||Hunting elementary particles|
|1987||Dr B K Tanner & Dr N R Berhoeft||There is no resisting a semiconductor|
|1986||Dr T Shanks & Dr J R Lucey||Stepping out into the universe|
|1985||Dr D R Flower||Interstellar matter|
|1984||Dr K E Turver||Very energetic gamma ray astronomy|
|1983||Dr B K Tanner & Dr S R Hoon||Magnetic fluids|
|1982||Dr F D Gault||Elementary particle physics: a GUT response|
|1981||Prof A W Wolfendale||The new astronomies|
|1980||Dr B K Tanner & Dr Dr S R Hoon||The physics of music|
|1979||Dr R Fong||Einstein's universe|
|1978||Dr J M Breare & Dr A D Martin||What are we made of?|
|1977||Dr J V Major & Dr K J Orford||Resonance revealed|
|1976||Dr B K Tanner & Dr W D Corner||A magnetic attraction|
|1975||Dr K J Orford||Energy conversion|