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LIVESTREAM The World According to Physics

20 August 2020
6:30pm – 7:30pm
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This livestream will be available on the UNSW Centre for Ideas websiteFacebook and YouTube.

A link to watch the livestream will be sent on the event day to registered attendees.

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Jim Al-Khalili’s new book, The World According to Physics, is his love letter to the subject he has spent most of his life thinking about. 

Physics is a key part of the human quest to understand the world. In this talk, he shares with us his account of what physics has achieved. Taking us on thrilling journey through the laws of the universe, he brings to life what physics reveals about the nature of reality. What is the cutting edge of what we know? What are the speculative theories that may become scientific fact in the future?

Jim Al-Khalili is renowned for his ability to make the principles and stories of science easily understandable. From the physics of the cosmos to the physics of everyday life, he will bring us up to speed – uncovering what the biggest ideas mean and why they matter. What are the discoveries that lie ahead?

Presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and supported by UNSW Science. This event is part of the UNSW x National Science Week program – head here to see the full program. 

Want to read Jim Al-Khalili's book, The World According to Physics? You can purchase it from the UNSW Bookshop by calling 02 9385 6622 or emailing




This livestream will be available on the UNSW Centre for Ideas websiteFacebook and YouTube.

A link to watch the livestream will be sent on the event day to registered attendees.


For event enquiries or to discuss your access requirements, please call the Centre for Ideas on 0407 296 429 or email

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Jim Al-Khalili

Jim Al-Khalili FRS is a quantum physicist, author and broadcaster and one of the best-known science communicators in Britain. He holds a Distinguished Chair in Physics at the University of Surrey where he teaches and conducts his research. He received a PhD in nuclear theory in 1989 and has since published widely on physics and the history of science. He has written 12 books, including his first novel, between them translated into over 26 languages. He is a regular presenter of TV and radio science documentaries and programs and is the recipient of numerous honours and prizes, including the inaugural Stephen Hawking Medal. His latest book, The World According to Physics, is published by Princeton University Press.

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Emma Johnston (Chairperson)

Professor Emma Johnston AO FTSE FRSN is Dean of Science and Professor of Marine Ecology and Ecotoxicology at UNSW Sydney. She studies the impacts of human activities in marine ecosystems and how we can build ecological resilience. Her research is conducted in diverse field environments, from Antarctica to the Great Barrier Reef and on to temperate Australian estuaries. She is an elected fellow of the Australian Technological Society and in 2018 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). Professor Johnston is a national advocate for the science and technology sector and is a Director on the Board of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. She consults with industry through the development and implementation of new biomonitoring and ecological engineering techniques and frequently contributes expert opinion to state, federal and international government agencies. 

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