BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: BBC Radio 4's The Life Scientific

Northern Rock Foundation Hall

A restricted number of tickets will be available on the day on a first come first served basis.

Professor Jim Al-Khalili brings Radio 4’s science interview programme to Sage Gateshead for a return visit. He’ll be joined by paleontologist Dr Nick Fraser for whom being accurate to the nearest 20,000 years is exciting. As a young man, Nick became intrigued by events on earth 230 million years ago, when an extraordinary number of different species of animal and insects emerged. Many of the weird beasts that Nick has unearthed make dinosaurs look commonplace. And a recent find in the Scottish Borders has revealed the earliest vertebrate known to live on land. Nick talks to Jim about travelling back in time as he digs ever deeper into the rocks and why for him, professionally at least, days, weeks, even centuries are irrelevant.

Dr Nick Fraser is a paleontologist at the National Museum of Scotland. He has uncovered fossils in the Scottish borders, Virginia, USA and Southern China

Jim Al-Khalili is Professor of Physics at the University of Surrey and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Life Scientific and TV documentaries. His books include Paradox: the Nine Greatest Enigmas in Science, Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Machines and Quantum: a Guide for the Perplexed.


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  • A restricted number of tickets will be available on the day on a first come first served basis.
  • Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.


Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2017

Part of What's On in March and April

Gateshead International Jazz Festival, BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival and Folkworks Pass It On Festival take place on the south bank of the Tyne this Spring alongside Sage Gateshead’s usual programme of eclectic and high quality artists.

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