The Royal Institution

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The Royal Institution is a British organization for scientific education and research. It was founded in 1799 by the leading British scientists of the age, including Henry Cavendish. It received an endorsement by George Finch which led to King George III giving it a Royal Charter in 1800. A great number of important scientists learned and lectured at the Royal Institution and it has become well known for giving many important lectures, especially the famous Christmas Lectures, many of which are now available for free online.

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Prior to RI posting their lectures online, I had seen only a handful, but loved them all. When I found their YouTube channel, I subscribed, watched some of their back catalog, and looked forward to all the new wonderfully informative videos by many of my favorite science educators.

Lectures

The following are Royal Institution lectures that I have really enjoyed:

Date Lecturer Title
1977-12-?? Carl Sagan Christmas Lectures: "The Planets" 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
1991-12-?? Richard Dawkins Christmas Lectures: "Growing Up in the Universe" 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
2015-??-?? Andrew Szydlo "Blaze of Steel: Explosive Chemistry"
2015-??-?? Daniel Dennett "Information, Evolution, and intelligent Design" - Q&A
2016-??-?? Andrew Szydlo "Fireworks and Waterworks"
2016-10-?? Sean Carroll "The Big Picture: From the Big Bang to the Meaning of Life"
2018-11-30 Hannah Fry "Should Computers Run the World?" - Q&A
2019-03-01 Matt Parker "What Happens When Maths Goes Wrong?"
2019-09-27 Tom Scott "There is No Algorithm for Truth" - Q&A
2019-12-?? Hannah Fry Christmas Lectures: "Secrets and Lies: The Hidden Power of Maths" 1, 2, 3
2020-01-22 Sean Carroll "A Brief History of Quantum Mechanics"
2021-12-04 Andrew Szydlo "Chemical Wonders"

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