Backstage at the Apollo - Part II

End of Year Specials Part III

Start the New year with the final of of our End of Year Specials. Recorded backstage at the Apollo we chat about best books of the year, science fiction, physics and go through Brian Cox’s Kindle. Guests include Jim Al-Khalili, Dr Karl, Jo Brand, Charlotte Church, Chris Hadfield, Terry Virts, Dara Ó Briain and Brian Cox.

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Reading List

Robin recommends:

Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed by Jim Al-Khalili

Evolution (A Ladybird Expert Book) by Steve Jones

Jim Al-Khalili recommends:

Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Machines by Jim Al-Khalili

Quantum Mechanics (A Ladybird Expert Book) by Jim Al-Khalili

Climate Change (A Ladybird Expert Book) by Charles, Prince of Wales

Gnomon by Nick Harkaway

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

Reality is Not What It Seems by Carlo Rovelli

What’s Next? by Jim Al-Khalili and Philip Ball

The work of Stanisław Lem

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Jo Brand recommends:

The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

Dr Karl recommends:

Karl, The Universe and Everything by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

The Better Angels of Our Nature by Stephen Pinker

The Great Leveller by Walter Scheidel

Charlotte Church recommends:

The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Brian Cox recommends:

The Bittersweet Science: Fifteen Writers in the Gym, In the Corner And At Ringside edited by Carlo Rosella and Michael Ezra

Elementary Particles and the Laws of Physics by Richard Feynman and Steven Weinberg

The Rings of Saturn by WG Sebald

A Fire on the Moon By Norman Mailer

The Quantum Universe by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw

Forces of Nature by Brian Cox

How To Build a Universe by Brian Cox and Robin Ince

Conservatism: Ideas in Profile by Roger Scruton

Science and the Common Understanding by Robert Oppenheimer

Chris Hadfield recommends:

The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford

Jonathon Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Terry Virts recommends:

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Views From Above by Terry Virts

Dara Ó’Briain recommends:

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carré

The Earthgazers by Christopher Potter

Beyond the Sky by Dara Ó’Briain

Trent recommends:

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Working Class Man by Jimmy Barnes

Black Hole Blues by Janna Levin

Plum by Hollie McNish

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