Skeptics in the Pub, Reading

Thinking and drinking, humour and debate. Monthly talks and challenging discussions for people interested in science, skepticism, rationalism and critical thinking.

The meetings are open to all, no matter what your prior beliefs. We ask that you come along with a willingness to be challenged in your beliefs and we provide an opportunity for you to challenge others - and to enjoy a drink or two.

We meet each month at The Outlook (formerly Copa), 76-78 Kings Road, Reading, RG1 3BJ. [map]

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How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch

Lewis Dartnell

When?
Wednesday, September 3 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

76-78 Kings Road, Reading, RG1 3BJ

Who?
Lewis Dartnell

What's the talk about?

Maybe it was an asteroid impact, a nuclear war, or a viral pandemic. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it is over and humanity must start again. What would you need to know to not only survive in the immediate aftermath, but avert another Dark Ages and accelerate the rebooting of civilisation from scratch? The Knowledge is a grand thought experiment on the behind-the-scenes fundamentals of how our world works, and what drove the progression of civilisation over the centuries.

Dr Lewis Dartnell He is the author of Life in the Universe: A Beginner's Guide, My Tourist Guide to the Solar System and The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch.

How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life

Alex Bellos

When?
Thursday, September 18 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

76-78 Kings Road, Reading, RG1 3BJ

Who?
Alex Bellos

What's the talk about?

From triangles, rotations and power laws, to fractals, cones and curves, bestselling author Alex Bellos will take you on a journey of mathematical discovery of how numbers have come to be our friends, how fascinating and accessible they are, and how they have changed our world.

From a survey of over 40,000 people Alex will reveal the world’s favourite number - and the least loved one.

Alex Bellos is the bestselling author of Alex’s Adventures in Numberland, which was shortlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize. He is the Guardian’s maths-blogger, and has worked for the paper in London and also in Rio de Janeiro, as its unusually numerate foreign correspondent. He is currently a curator-in-residence at the Science Museum. His new book, Alex Through The Looking Glass, is out now and will be on sale on the night.