Millenium Lecture, University of Bath

Len Fisher, an Honorary Research Fellow in the Physics Department at Bristol University, has drawn wide-spread media attention in recent years for his unusual applications of science to everyday activities such as biscuit dunking, putting gravy on a Christmas dinner, or choosing whether to fill birdbaths with hot or cold water on freezing winter nights.

He is the author of the best-selling book How to Dunk a Doughnut: The Science of Everyday Life, and in this talk he tells the stories behind his well-publicised projects, whose aim has been to make science more accessible and less frightening to the average person.

The numerous honours and awards that have been showered on Len as a result of his activities include being voted by The Times as an Enemy Of The People, the award of a spoof IgNobel Prize at Harvard University, and Honorary Membership of the Pembroke College Cambridge Winnie-the-Pooh Society.

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