11
Dec
2009

Aeons Before the Big Bang - Sir Roger Penrose

Sir Roger Penrose is a prize winning mathematical physicist and Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford.

In this talk he discusses that there is much observational evidence to confirm the existence of an enormously hot and dense early stage of the universe—referred to as the Big Bang. A good deal of this evidence comes from a detailed analysis of the cosmic microwave background (CMB), frequently referred to as “the flash of the Big Bang”, enormously cooled to about 3.7 degrees absolute, by the universe’s accelerating expansion. But this very detail presents new puzzles of various kinds, one of the most blatant being an apparent paradox in relation to the second law of thermodynamics. The hypothesis of inflationary cosmology has long been argued to explain away some of these puzzles, but it does not resolve some key issues, including that raised by the second law. In this talk, I describe a very different proposal, which posits a succession of universe aeons prior to our own. The expansion of the universe never reverses in this scheme, but the space-time geometry is nevertheless made consistent through a novel geometrical conception. Analysis of the CMB data, obtained from the WMAP satellite, has a tantalizing bearing on these issues.

This is a joint event organised by BCS Coventry Branch, IET Midlands Area Network, Coventry University Faculty of Engineering and Computing, SIGMA and More Maths Grads Project.

To find out more about Roger Penrose's work please visit this writeup of a talk he gave in Edinburgh, a paper of his in this open-access journal or you can see a lecture he gave at the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge.

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15
Oct
2009

Jon Snow - The Best and Worst of Times in 21st Century Journalism

Jon Snow is an English journalist and presenter, currently employed by ITN. He is best known for presenting Channel 4 News.

Here he discusses the past, present and future of broadcasting and british media. This talk is also available on CUTV

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19
May
2009

The Specials - Horace Panter in Conversation

Horace Panter is a true icon of British music. In the 1970s Horace formed "The Specials" who went on to become one of the biggest bands of the 1980s. This year they are reforming to play a number of big shows, including headlining slots at Glastonbury and V Festival.

In 1972 Horace started studying fine art at Coventry’s Lanchester Polytechnic, now known as Coventry University. In his second year there he met Jerry Dammers and soon they formed The Specials. They started playing in Coventry bars and pubs and by 1980 were arguably the UK’s biggest band.

Here Horace talks to Coventry Conversations about growing up in Coventry, the day after the Specials played their first gig since they reformed.

29
Apr
2009

It’s Only Rock n Roll But I Like It- Paul Gambaccini

Paul Gambaccini presents his weekly America’s Greatest Hits show on BBC Radio 2 and contributes to various publications. From March 2008 he took over as chairman of the Radio 4 music quiz called Counterpoint. In August 2008 he returned to Classic FM, to present Paul Gambaccini’s Hall of Heroes’ series.

Be warned, this Coventry Conversation contains some very strong language and unfortunately we have had to edit out some of the music that Paul refers to.

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13
Feb
2009

Gordon Brown - ‘How We Are Helping the Nation out of the Economic Recession’

Gordon Brown recently visited Coventry University to speak to the City of Coventry about what the Government is doing to help Britain out of the financial crisis.

In this talk, the Prime Minister answers questions about jobs, unemployment, the local economy and the global recession. He also addresses the ways in which the crisis is effecting the public and charitable sectors.

This event took place on 13th February 2009 at Coventry University's Technocentre.

13
Nov
2008

Stalin, the Nazis and the West - Laurence Rees

In this talk, Laurence Rees shares insights into some of the issues faced when making his latest series, ‘WW2: Behind Closed Doors Stalin, the Nazis and the West’, which was broadcast on BBC 2 in November 2008.

This Coventry Conversation was recorded in Coventry Cathedral as part of the series.

This talk is also available to watch on CUTV.

7
May
2008

Why are you so good? - Jeremy Paxman

Jeremy Paxman – the best broadcast interviewer of his generation - comes to the Coventry Conversations live via video link from Television Centre in London. His style, which some see as aggressive, usually gets results whoever the interviewee. Jeremy has just again won the Royal Television Society Presenter of the Year Award.

In this Coventry Conversation Jeremy talks about what makes him so good at what he does.

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6
Dec
2007

Coogan, Comedy and Making the Nation Laugh - Armando Ianucci

Armando Iannucci has been a producer, writer, columnist, and has stared in his shows. He has worked with some of the biggest and brightest stars of modern comedy; From Steve Coogan, Chris Morris and Peter Baynam to Stewart Lee and Adam Buxton. He was the brains behind shows such as ‘The Day Today’, ‘I’m Alan Partridge’, ‘The Friday Night Armistice’, ‘Time Trumpet’ and many more.

In this talk he discusses his life in comedy with some great anecdotes from his successful career.

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7
Nov
2007

Future Perfect - Designing for Tomorrow - Richard Seymour

This is an inspirational talk that Richard Seymour gave at Coventry University about the challenges and responsibilities of designers in the future.

Richard Seymour is co-founder of Seymour-powell, one of the world's top product design agencies. Based in London, Seymour-powell has been responsible for some of the most iconic products of the last 25 years, including the world's first cordless kettle, pocket mobile phone and Bioform Bra. More recently, the company has been involved with helping to develop the interior of Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic privateer spacecraft and a hydrogen-powered motorcycle.

He is holder of the D&AD Presidents Award for Outstanding Contribution to Design and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the Centre for Creative Studies, Michigan. He is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art and was voted (with Dick Powell) 6th Most Important Mover and Shaker in British Culture 2004 by the BBC.

Richard is also a visiting professor at Coventry University.

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18
Oct
2007

Faith and Politics in a Diverse Society - Baroness Amos

Baroness Valarie Amos’s political career began in 1981 where she worked in Equal Opportunities, Training and Management Services until 1989. She was a co-founder of Amos Fraser Bernard, and director (1995-1998) where she advised the South African Government on public service reform, human rights and employment equality.

She was created a life peer in 1997 by Tony Blair. From 1998-2001 she was a government whip in the House of Lords. She was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office in June, 2001. Amos was the first joint black woman peer and the third woman in history to lead the upper House of Parliament. In recent months she has been awarded a number of accolades including being voted the most powerful black woman in the UK, and awarded ‘Peer of the Year’ by Dods political publishers in the same week.

In this talk, delivered in Coventry Cathedral, Baroness Amos discusses faith and politics in a multicultural society.

This talk is also available to watch on CUTV

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