Irish author and physicist Laurie Winkless will be in the gallery to talk to Claire O'Connell about Science and the City, her new popular science book about the remarkable technologies that keep the world's great metropolises moving. She’ll be signing copies (we’ll have books for sale in our shop) and answering some of your biggest questions about everyday city problems — from why the Luas works take so long to how we can future-proof our cities with yet-to-be-developed technologies.
Science and the City is a window into the hidden science and engineering marvels that are the backbone of our cities. Cities are built using some of the most creative and revolutionary science and engineering ideas in the world, but how often do we stop to think about what makes our cities work? Science and the City is a guidebook to that hidden world, showing how cities in six continents are dealing with the challenges of feeding, housing, powering and connecting more people than ever before. Meet urban pioneers from history, today’s experts, and explore the cutting-edge research from labs across the world.
Laurie Winkless is a physicist with an undergraduate degree from Trinity College Dublin, and a master’s degree in space science from University College London. Laurie has been communicating science to the public from more than a decade, working with schools and universities, the Royal Society, Forbes, and the Naked Scientists, amongst others. She’s given TEDx talks, hung out with astronauts, and appeared in The Times Magazine as a leading light in STEM.