Jim's net gain
Jim Al-Khalili is already one of the University of Surrey’s most famous personalities thanks to his television documentaries, books and radio appearances. But now he has another media string to his bow...
PROFESSOR JIM AL-KHALILI is one of the most familiar faces in popular science, thanks to his media work and his role as Professor of Physics with a chair in Public Engagement in Science. Now he has recorded a second series of his popular Sci-Pod podcast.
Jim Al-Khalili’s Sci-Pod gives Jim the chance to chat about the science topics currently interesting him, but in a less formal format than his television appearances usually allow.
“Each episode is 10-12 minutes long and covers a particular issue of interest to me. Yup, it is just me rambling on about all sorts of stuff related to science, and my science media work.
“I quite fancy myself as the Physics version of Stephen Fry, only not quite as funny and nowhere near as clever,” says the self-deprecating professor, who is also Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Senior Media Fellow.
Jim, who has been at Surrey since his undergraduate days, has seen his broadcasting career blossom after the success of Atom and Science and Islam. He recently appeared alongside household names such as Stephen Hawking, David Attenborough and Richard Dawkins in Genius of Britain, a five-part series on the history of British science for Channel 4, and was nominated for a BAFTA thanks to his BBC series Chemistry: A Volatile History. He is a regular guest on Melvyn Bragg's Radio 4 programme In Our Time.
The first series of the podcast explored the contribution made to science throughout history by academics from the Islamic world, a topic which holds a particular fascination for the Iraq-born theoretical nuclear physicist. The second series of Sci-Pods covers topics ranging from the Dirac Equation and Olber’s Paradox to whether we have free will or can travel in time.
You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or at Jim’s own website, where he also has a blog. And as if all that weren't enough, Jim also tweets about science, his public engagements and life in general on his twitterfeed. Join the conversation at twitter.com/jimalkhalili.
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