Nerd Nite London October 2018 – tickets on sale now

Over your dead body! What will you do with your corpse after your death?

Tickets available here.

Doors open 6.30, event starts 7.30 (ish).

What to do with our corpses, why superconductors are cool and the world chess championship

 Some people get excited about being eaten by vultures. Yes, but just how would that work in E2?…Others think ‘green’ burials are ‘the way to go’ and cremation has got to be a bad thing: is that true? This talk takes us into the flesh, sinews and joints of the corpse itself. From soil, fire, liquid lime and freezing: what can and should we do with it after it’s given us its last day?

Bio
Sophie has been a tree nerd (good to cut them down, sometimes) and is now deep into spuds (not that hard to cook), chairing the Potato Board. Her excursion into corpses has helped her calm down about her own end, just a bit: not morbid, just wanting to make the most of the time. Soap not shower gel; films not box sets; bikes not gyms; flatlands of Essex and hills of the mind.

The world chess championship: clash of the titans and the wider chess scene in the 21st century
In 1886 an Austrian named Wilhelm Steinitz decided that his next chess game would be to decide “the Championship of the World” – and thus the first World Chess Champion was crowned. From these humble beginnings, 20 men have earned that title – through both fair means and foul. And in November 2018 the World Championship match is coming right here to London! Pitting the champion – part-time Norwegian male model millionaire Magnus Carlsen – against his challenger Fabiano Caruana, a more sterotypical chess player. We’ll explore the trash-talk behind the scenes, the organising body who make FIFA look like an ethical social enterprise, their President who’s been abducted by aliens, the pornographic logo, and finally, what to expect over the 64 black and white squares come November.

Bio
Henry C. Blanchard is an undefeated ChessBoxer, philosophy/physics grad, start up mentor and all round amateur geek.

Superconductors are cool af
“Physics is difficult! Science is boring!” Wrong! In this talk we will look into some of the more amazing, bewildering and damn right counter-intuitive parts of modern physics. Using superconductors as an example, we will explore some fascinating materials and what happens to them on an atomic scale as we cool them down to temperatures similar to deep space, and why this is even important at all! With some liquid nitrogen, fancy materials and a few magnets we will have some fun live experiments and, more importantly, a lot of fun.

Bio
Shaun Geaney is a Ph.D. student working at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK’s national metrology institute. His research involved the use of superconductors and their applications to quantum computing and quantum technology.

All proceeds from Nerd Nite London go to charity. This year we are partnering with the Shine Trust to help foster a new generation of nerds. More information about Nerd Nite London can be found by following us on Twitter @nerdnitelondon, liking us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NerdNiteLondon or visiting www.london.nerdnite.com.For more information about the Shine Trust visit www.shinetrust.org.uk

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