Dr Helen Czerski

Tips for Existence
‘I was clearly an outsider, all the way. And then as soon as I got to University it was, oh, these are my people’.

Dr Helen Czerski
Tips for Existence Episode 20
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First and foremost, Dr Helen Czerski is a physicist. A bubble physicist. She’s also an oceanographer, a paddler, a climate activist, a writer, a broadcaster and, of course, a key member of the Shambles family. She is currently a Research Fellow and lecturer in the department of Mechanical Engineering at University College London where her research focuses on ocean temperature and bubbles and air-sea gas transfer. She is the author of a Ladybird book on Bubbles and the best seller Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life. In 2018 she won the William Thomson, Lord Kelvin Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics and is an Honorary Fellow of Churchill College at Cambridge. In 2020 she was one the RI Christmas Lecturers alongside Professor Chris Jackson and Tara Shine. She has presented a number of science documentaries and programmes for the BBC and Fully Charged. Helen is a regular on The Cosmic Shambles Network presenting series such as Science in Zero G and co-hosted Sea Shambles, as well as the weekly Science Shambles livestream show with Robin Ince.


Once the meaning of it all was simple, if at times also cruel and/or barbaric. The Universe was made by a god, sometimes omnipotent, sometimes fractious, sometimes both. Now, as we explore the Universe and start to explain ourselves, the Universe has started to lose it single meaning and we have to find individual meanings ourselves. This is Tips for Existence where Robin Ince talks to cosmologists, composers, astronauts and authors about what gives them meaning.
Clips included in the show: The Science of Milk Froth from CSN, Nine Lessons and Carols for Socially Distanced People, Science Shambles,   Science in Zero G from CSN,  Science Shambles Q&A, 2020 RI Christmas Lectures: Planet Earth – A User’s Guide,  Jacob Bronowski on ParkinsonSpace Shambles, I’ve Got My Head In The Clouds performed by Vincent Rodriguez III,  Tom Daley on Instagram, Emma Raducanu Wimbledon 2021 interview on the BBC, Keri Strug injuryThe Science of Bubbles on Spark, Colour: The Spectrum of Science on the BBC, First Light Fusion on Fully Charged, Theme from Ted Lasso, BBC’s Tokyo coverage of the High Jump, Book Shambles with Kimokeo Kapahulehua.

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