Events ranged from physics with rock music to Bach’s mathematics, from Jane Austen and revolutions in science and society to the Flashing and Banging Chemistry Show. The Festival was opened by The Economist’s writer-at-large, Johnny Grimond.
Orkney’s world record-holding runner, William Sichel, outlined the science behind ultra-endurance sport, the Macaulay Institute set a forensic challenge, and the Festival explored the science of toys from Thailand.
The Orkney International Science Festival really is one of the wonders of the northern isles and far beyond. Orkney is always open to the world and so is science. Amongst the highlights to be celebrated this year is the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society, which helped introduce the theories of gravity, evolution, the electron and the double
To Skaill House for readings and an 18th-century tea, to Boardhouse for the miller’s tale, to Swannay for the brewer’s story; and then came the physics of string theory with rock guitar, the story of renewables in Westray – plus the secrets of ultra-running…