Festival 2019 Saturday 02 March - Sunday 10 March | Tickets now on sale

Adam Rutherford

Adam Rutherford is a geneticist, writer and broadcaster, whose work includes the award-winning BBC television series The Cell, Horizon: Playing God andThe Beauty of Anatomy, as well as numerous programmes for BBC Radio 4. An honorary Research Fellow at UCL, Dr Rutherford is also a movie geek and has been scientific adviser on many well-known movies.

The Curious Case of Being Human

We believe we are exceptional, but is there really anything special about humans that makes us different from other animals? In this entertaining tour of life on Earth, scientist and broadcaster Dr Adam Rutherford’s The Book of Humans: The Story of How We Became Us examines what, if anything, sets us apart in the animal kingdom.

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Being Women and Being Human
Double Bill Offer: Book for the Jewish Book Week events in Hall Two and Hall One tonight – ‘The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion: Sharp!’ at 7pm and ‘The Curious Case of Being Human’ at 8.30pm – for the special price of £24. At 7pm, Michelle Dean and Rachel Cooke examine the lives and work of women like Doroth Parker, Hannah Arendt, Susan Sontag and Nora Ephron, whose precision of thought and writing cut through the attitudes of their time. At 8...
The Vital Question and The Future of Life
What were the origins of life and what are the biological changes we can expect in the future as our synthetic control over our genes advances exponentially? Was there a vital spark that set off life on our planet and why do we age and die? Evolutionary biochemist Nick Lane and geneticist and presenter of Radio 4’s Inside Science, Adam Rutherford, discuss their recent books – Lane’s The Vital Question; and Rutherford̵...