23 March 2019, 16:00 - 17:00
Covering over 40,000 years astronomy (in just one hour!), Cosmic Quest follows humankind's intrepid journey to understand the Universe.
From the Greek's first astronomical computer - constructed around 200 BC - to the latest telescopes that are today probing the Universe for extraterrestrial intelligence, Cosmic Quest explores how we have pushed the boundaries of knowledge in order to get to grips with our Cosmos.
Our lavishly illustrated presentation highlights the personalities and mavericks of the celestial fraternity: the poet Omar Khayyam; the nobleman Tycho Brahe; the musician William Herschel and off-the-wall physicist Fred Hoyle - all ground-breaking astronomers as well.
You're in for a rollercoaster ride through time and space: the sky's the limit!
With professors Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest - both Fellows of the Royal Astronomical Society - are internationally recognized writers and broadcasters on astronomy and space. As well as writing over 50 books and 1000 articles, they founded the independent TV production company Pioneer Productions which specialises in factual programming.
Heather is a past President of both the British Astronomical Association and the Society for Popular Astronomy. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a former Millennium Commissioner, for which she was awarded the CBE in 2007.
After researching at Cambridge, Nigel became a consultant to both New Scientist magazine and the Royal Greenwich Observatory, and edited the Journal of the British Astronomical Association. He is a future astronaut with Virgin Galactic.
Presented with the Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy at Anglia Ruskin University
Presented as part of Cambridge Science Festival.