Stephen Hawking to give the 2015 Reith Lectures

September 7, 2015 • 3:15 pm

Professor Ceiling Cat is going home to rest, but before I do I want to call your attention, courtesy of reader Dermot C., to the fact that Stephen Hawking will be giving this year’s series of Reith Lectures for the BBC. This prestigious series has featured leading thinkers since 1948, when Bertrand Russell first spoke on “Authority and the Individual.” They’ve been a mix of science and non-science talks, but the lineup has been great. Here’s the series for this decade so far:

  • 2010 Martin Rees, Scientific Horizons
  • 2011 Aung San Suu Kyi and Baroness Manningham-Buller, Securing Freedom
  • 2012 Niall Ferguson The Rule of Law and its Enemies
  • 2013 Grayson Perry Playing to the Gallery
  • 2014 Atul Gawande The Future of Medicine

The 2015 lectures (it’s not clear yet if there will be more than one) will be on black holes, and Hawking will be recorded at the Royal Institution in London on November 12. (Presumably he’ll use his voice synthesizer).

And there’s more: at the link above you can actually email questions to Dr. Hawking (, and he’ll answer a few of them.  You can also get tickets here. Though they’re not available yet, you can get put on a mailing list to find out when they are.

The BBC has archived all the Reith lectures in one place, so if you find some of the topics and speakers intriguing, go here to listen.

12 thoughts on “Stephen Hawking to give the 2015 Reith Lectures

  1. Thanks! I will listen the very first lecture by Bertrand Russell tomorrow. There are some very interesting lecturers as well.

  2. This is great! I really liked the Reith lectures with Martin Rees, and have been waiting fora scientist to come back.

  3. Yay! I love the Reith Lectures. The Beeb should do more of this sort of thing!

    I remember the mighty Steve Jones did them in 1991, adapting them for his fabulous book The Language of the Genes.

    I’m a big fan of Steve’s. He’s incisive, writes beautifully, and if there’s a drier man on the planet I’d be surprised….

  4. Sorry to use this way to send a message to Dr. Coyne. In the official radio in Spain (RTVE) Juan Pablo Arenas comments the blog of Dr. Coyne in his short daily program “El Buscador”, about science and technology. He comments the sexual vs. asexual depending on diseases and parasites, etc. based on works of biologist Dr. Jerry Coyne.
    He who wants to listen to it (in Spanish) can download it here (3.6 MB)

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