I had a very interesting evening last week chairing a discussion night at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre. The topic – the Big Bang – was ably introduced by Kate Land and Andrew Jaffe, before philosopher Roman Frigg talked, rather too provocatively for my taste, about religion and the Big Bang.
There followed a period for the audience to chat in groups with the speakers. How well this went depended on the luck of the draw; flitting from group to group I heard lots of argument about whether it made any sense to say space and time began at the Big Bang, but I also heard groups dominated by someone with a bee in his bonnet about the LHC.
The most successful part of the evening – much to my surprise – was the reading of a short story by poet and storyteller Ross Sutherland. I’m normally really skeptical about such things, but Ross had an interesting take on how theories develop, all wrapped up in a very human story. He was told he had to put it online – and it’s now available here.
In the beginning, there was Ewan’s Bar and Grill.
Ewan created the mood lighting and the beer cellar. He separated the lounge from the games room and the water from the whiskey. He created a small expensive lunchtime menu, and saw that it was good.
Ewan created a huge expanse behind the bar, and then I came into this world..
Now go and read the rest.