This is your chance to engage with one of the finest scientific thinkers, acclaimed for presenting complex ideas in an accessible format.
In The Day without Yesterday, astronomy journalist Stuart Clark imaginatively explores the pressures on Einstein who, alone in his scientific establishment, foresees the carnage as Europe walks blindly into war. Later, we see a devoutly religious Belgian inspired by Einstein and vowing to become a Catholic priest and physicist if he survives the trenches. His name? Georges Lemaître.
Saturday, October 25. 3:30pm. The Beacon, Wantage. Tickets: £7
When Berlin is in upheaval after the war and Einstein can least afford the distraction, Lemaître confronts him with a startling concept: that buried in the maths of Relativity is a beginning of space and time, a moment when the universe came into existence, a day without yesterday. But can the priest be trusted? Or is he simply trying to foist a version of Biblical Genesis onto Einstein’s now world-famous theory?
Einstein must make irrevocable decisions. He must choose between his first and second wife, between his sons and his stepdaughters, and between his hatred of religion and a man who seems to understand Relativity more deeply than Einstein himself. Inevitably, his choices will create winners and losers, with the losers perhaps those who least deserve to be victims …
This is science in a soap opera! Yet Stuart Clark could not be more eminent. A fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and placed by The Independent alongside Stephen Hawking and Professor Sir Martin Rees as one of the ‘stars’ of British astrophysics teaching, he contributes to numerous publications and tv programmes. The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth is the first work of fiction ever to be endorsed by the London Science Museum!