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 (Askstephenhawking@bbc.co.uk), 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.