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The Science of Everyday Life

Len FisherGame Theory in Real Life
Introductory Talk at Interdisciplinary Symposium “Ultimate and proximate determinants of aggression in man (and other primates)”  Regensburg, Germany, 29–30 September 2011

Equations for Everyday Life
Cambridge University Scientific Society, 5 May 2010
How equations for biscuit dunking make science more accessible, and why they media love them...

The Physics of Sex
University of Bristol, June 2005
A talk to visually impaired students on the physics problems that a sperm encounters on the way to the egg.

Weighing the soulWeighing the Soul
DANA Centre, Science Museum, London, November 2004
IgNobel Prize winner Len Fisher is renowned for his quirky experiments that show how scientists see the little problems of everyday life, such as the best way to dunk a biscuit or the best way to stir porridge. In this witty and informative talk he introduces his audience to some of the strange and ridiculous-sounding experiments that other scientists have done in the pursuit of their craft. He challenges audience members to tell which ones led to major advances and which were just downright daft, and to come up with their own wild ideas for future experiments to solve science’s current crop of problems. His message is that, if you can’t tell the brilliant from the bizarre, maybe it’s wise not to laugh too loud.

Science at Sea
QE2 Cruise, 24 February – 8 March 2004
Science in everyday life, the science of gastronomy and how to win an IgNobel Prize.

Len Fisher and doughnutsHow to Dunk a Doughnut: The Science of Everyday Life
Millenium Lecture, University of Bath, Nov 2003
Len Fisher, an Honorary Research Fellow in the Physics Department at Bristol University, has drawn wide-spread media attention in recent years for his unusual applications of science to everyday activities such as biscuit dunking, putting gravy on a Christmas dinner, or choosing whether to fill birdbaths with hot or cold water on freezing winter nights.

He is the author of the best-selling book How to Dunk a Doughnut: The Science of Everyday Life, and in this talk he tells the stories behind his well-publicised projects, whose aim has been to make science more accessible and less frightening to the average person.

The numerous honours and awards that have been showered on Len as a result of his activities include being voted by The Times as an Enemy Of The People, the award of a spoof IgNobel Prize at Harvard University, and Honorary Membership of the Pembroke College Cambridge Winnie-the-Pooh Society.

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