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Quantum gravity is the holy grail for the modern theoretical physicists – a single structure that brings together the two great theories of the 20th century: quantum mechanics and general relativity. One widely – known solution is string theory, which emerged from particle physics. In this talk, Jim Baggott will describe the other approach known as Loop Quantum Gravity. This theory starts from general relativity, borrows many ideas and techniques from quantum mechanics, and predicts that space itself is quantum in nature.

Jim Baggott is an award – winning science writer. He trained as a scientist, completing a doctorate in chemical physics as the University of Oxford in the early 80s, before embarking on post – doctoral research studies at Oxford and at Stanford University in California.

Jim writes about science, science history and philosophy in what spare time he can find, and has published articles and book reviews in ‘New Scientists’, ‘Nature’, ‘The Independent’, ‘The Daily Telegraph’, ‘Chemistry in Britain’, ‘Chemistry Review’, ‘The Times Higher Education Supplement’, and other periodicals. His feature article on the discovery of buckminsterfullerene won the prestigious Glaxo Science Writers Award in 1992.

The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7pm.

Copies of Jim’s book, ‘Quantum Space: Loop Quantum Gravity and the Search for the Structure of Space, Time, and the Universe’, will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. This event will be filmed and on the Ri’s YouTube channel within a few months.