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Adam Hart Davis Speaker

Adam Hart-Davis

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Broadcaster, author and freelance writer and columnist writing books, newspaper and magazine articles

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Keynote speaker Adam Hart-Davis is both an author and a freelance writer. He has written numerous newspaper and magazine articles as well as books. Additionally, he is a broadcaster. He is the presenter of several programs and has received various awards for both his television and radio appearances.  

Adam Hart-Davis is a freelance writer and broadcaster – presenter on television of Local Heroes, What the Romans (and others) Did for Us, World, How London was Built, The Cosmos – a beginner’s guide, and many others. He has received various awards for both television and radio, as well as two medals and 14 honorary doctorates.

He has written approximately 30 books, including Test your psychic powers, and Thunder, flush, & Thomas Crapper (an encycLOOpedia). His latest books are Stringlopedia, Science – the definitive visual guide, The book of time, and Engineers. He has also written numerous newspaper and magazine articles, and writes a regular column in the Radio Times.

In addition to writing books, Adam spends a lot of time making chairs, tables, bowls, egg cups, and spoons out of green wood. Adam is a member of the Association of Pole-Lathe Turners and the British Toilet Association, and is a keen supporter of the charities WaterAid, Sustrans, Practical Action,  and the Joliba Trust.

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    Speaker Adam Hart-Davis Keynote Topics

    • Are we alone in the universe?
    • Charles Darwin; Are earthworms deaf?
    • Cosmology, a beginner’s guide
    • Hands-on science
    • Heroes of the Industrial Revolution
    • Inventors and scientific heroes of Devon/Cornwall/the  Midlands/other areas of the UK
    • Just another day – science and technology of everyday life
    • Much ado about nothing (the history of the vacuum)
    • Mysterious time
    • Taking the piss out of London
    • The Eddystone lighthouses
    • The Great Exhibition of 1851
    • The Lunaticks of Birmingham
    • The Moving stones of Racetrack Playa, and other mysteries
    • Toilets and history
    • What made Britain Great
    • What the industrial revolution did for us
10.06.2014

Interview with Adam Hart-Davis

What types of audiences benefit from your keynote?
I have spoken to a wide variety of audiences, from high-powered scientists at the Royal Society to children in primary schools. I particularly enjoy mixed audiences, which include families with children; the children often ask the most penetrating questions.

What does the audience take away from your keynotes?
I hope they take away some interesting information, but more a sense of enthusiasm and a better feeling for the subject, whether it is about inventors or about whether we are alone in the universe. Above all I hope they feel they have been entertained.

How does humor factor into your keynotes?
Humor is a vital ingredient. I don’t believe in taking anything too seriously, least of all myself. If there is a joke to be made, I make it; when the audience laughs I know I have them with me. What is more, one of my critics said that all I ever do is testiculate – that is wave my arms about while talking bollocks.

What is the most unique experience you have had as a result of your job?
I was once filmed dropping tomatoes off the leaning tower of Pisa; not many people get paid to do that.

Do you have a favorite keynote topic?
The intriguing question of whether we are alone in the universe is always fun, but my favorite topics center around the heroes of the industrial revolution in England, and in particular the members of the Lunar Society of Birmingham.

Who or what inspires you most and why?
Sir David Attenborough is not only a brilliant and authoritative presenter, but also a charming man. I would be delighted to be something like him.

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