Prof Bruce Hood
Bruce is a professor at the University of Bristol. He received his MA and MPhil in psychology from Dundee University and his PhD from the University of Cambridge.
He is the author of “SuperSense: From superstition to religion – the brain science of belief” and the forthcoming, “The Self Illusion,” to be published in the US and UK in Spring 2012.
Bruce is the 2011 Royal Institution Christmas Lecture and will present three lectures in a series entitled “Meet Your Brain” that will be broadcast by the BBC in December.
Piff the Magic Dragon
Imagine Jack Dee in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks and you’re on the right track. A former Hackney Empire New Act of the Year finalist and Edinburgh Fringe Favourite, Piff has just returned from a sell-out run in Australia.
Piff’s recent appearance on Penn and Teller: Fool Us was an instant hit, going viral and racking up half a million views in three days.
Piff is the creation of John van der Put, The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the year 2011. He has created magic for David Blaine, Heston Blumenthal and the National Theatre.
Thinking that she’d left her geek past behind after graduating in physics from Imperial College London, Helen proved herself wrong when she started writing original and unusually funny songs inspired by science.
In May this year she toured the UK in “Uncaged Monkeys”, with Robin Ince, Brian Cox, Ben Goldacre and Simon Singh. Earlier this year Helen was named as one of Dave TV channel’s “Top 10 stand-ups to catch in 2011“
**** “High-class musical comedy with soul, intelligence and wit” - Broadway Baby
As well as performing as a stand-up comedian, Steve is the science expert for Blue Peter and one half of sketch double act Mould & Arrowsmith:
“Beyond nerdy, yet playful and ingeniously funny… far more entertaining than they have any right to be.” - The List
Steve regularly appears at Cheltenham, Brighton and Newcastle Science Festivals and is also part of Guerilla Science.
Possibly the only person to hold the prestigious title of London Mathematical Society Popular Lecturer while simultaneously having a sold-out comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Matt is always keen to mix his two passions of mathematics and stand-up.
Matt Parker appears regularly on BBC Radio4′s Infinite Monkey Cage and writes about maths for The Guardian.
“Exponentially funny” - Three Weeks
“Not just for maths geeks” - Chortle