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Adam Hart Davis
Adam Hart Davis

Press Release - 02 February 2006

TV presenter to give Science Week lecture in Bath


TV personality Adam Hart Davis will be giving a free public lecture at the University of Bath to kick-start the National Science Week celebrations next month (7.00pm, Wednesday 8 March 2006, University Hall).

In his talk he will answer some puzzling questions from the world around us, such as ‘how do balloons burst?’ and ‘why do icicles have tiny bubbles in them?'

He will also describe how his passions for science and photography have combined through his work.

Dr Hart Davis has been acclaimed by scientists and the public alike for bringing science and engineering subjects to a wider audience through TV series such as Local Heroes, What the Ancients Did For Us and Tomorrow’s World.

As well as other programmes, such as What the Romans, Tudors, Stuarts and Victorians Did for Us, he was also behind the popular school science programme Scientific Eye and Arthur C Clarke’s World of Strange Powers.

“We are really pleased that such a nationally-recognised figure will be giving a talk in Bath as part of the National Science Week celebrations,” said Professor Chris Budd from the University’s Department of Mathematical Sciences who has organised the talk.

“At a time when science is often seen as boring and dull, Adam Hart Davis has shown that scientists are real people, and that science has done much for human civilisation.

“It should prove to be an interesting and exciting lecture, and we look forward to welcoming people of all ages to the University to take part.”

In July 2004, the University of Bath awarded Dr Hart Davis an honorary doctorate for his work in the popularisation of science.

In his latest book, Why Does a Ball Bounce?, Dr Hart Davis uses science and engineering to explain 100 puzzling questions about the world around us.

The lecture will take place at 7.00pm on Wednesday 8 March 2006 in University Hall at the University of Bath.

National Science Week is taking place throughout the country from 10-19 March 2006, and gives people of all ages the chance to take part in science, engineering and technology through events, activities and lectures.

Other activities taking place during National Science Week include the annual Bath Taps Into Science fair, a 2-day event which will give more than 400 pupils from the Bath area an introduction to science through slime, robots, bubbles, and much more.

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