The submarine, the helicopter and the atomic power are all inventions that were in some way inspired by the fictional works of authors like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Fiction can also be a way to explore future consequences and possibilities of scientific findings. But how important is this exchange of ideas for science? How does the way science is portrayed in popular culture affect the public perception of scientific research? And what could be some of the next big science leaps that we are imagining in popular culture today?

Guests in the studio (so far)

Joakim Wrethed, Lecturer at the Department of English at Stockholm University
Sabine Höhler, Physicist and Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies at KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Sara Ilstedt, Professor of product and service design at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

On Skype: Chad Orzel, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Union College and author of the books “How to teach physics to your dog”, “How to teach quantum physics to your dog” and “How to teach relativity to your dog”

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When: December 17, 18:00 – 18:50