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Science Festival Headline Event: The Chronic Argonauts - From Wells to Doctor Who

26/02/2014 (18:00)

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Our popular science fiction duo is back - Adam Roberts (Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture) travels direct from the late nineteenth-century to be greeted by up-to-the-minute Dr Stewart Boogert (Reader in Accelerator Physics). Together they will take you on a Royal Holloway journey through time, from the early years of the college up to the twenty-first century. 

Will time travel ever be possible? What components will you need to build your own time machine? Science fiction has been fascinated by the possibility of time travel ever since H G Wells imagined the first ever time machine in 1895. 

Originally titled ‘the Chronic Argonauts’, Wells’ scientist-protagonist invents a vessel capable of conveying a traveller chronologically backward or forward. It is an idea that has remained popular from that day to this, when Dr Who, dressed like a rather eccentric late-Victorian gentleman, tours space and time in his TARDIS. What was it about the late 19th-century that meant that Wells dreamed-up his time machine then? What is the secret of the Doctor Who’s enduring appeal?  Be sure to make time for this event!


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