Royal Institution Christmas Lecture Live Screening

Returning after 2018’s sell-out live pilot screenings around the UK, the popular Royal Institution Christmas Lecture comes to the National Science and Media Museum on Thursday 12 December 2019, bringing renowned mathematician, TV and radio personality, Dr. Hannah Fry to the big screen.

Also being broadcast later in December on BBC Four, the limited-capacity live stream event will beam into Bradford at the museum’s newly independent Pictureville cinema, offering a sneak preview of Dr Fry’s keynote theories before the rest of the country has the chance to catch up. 

Having applied mathematical theory to dating and the algorithms of love, Science Museum Group Trustee Dr Fry presents her ideas in the new lecture Secrets and lies: the hidden power of maths. The lecture will reveal the ways in which maths, rules and patterns influence our daily lives, exploring how miracles can be understood with probability, how big data dictates the trends we follow, and how algorithms secretly influence our life choices.

In this lecture, Dr Fry will seek to find the luckiest member of the audience. Do the biggest events in our lives rely on luck, or does probability allow us to understand and predict complex systems?

Dr Hannah Fry said: “I am thrilled that the National Science and Media Museum will be part of this year’s live streaming of the RI Christmas Lectures. I know the museum is as passionate as I am about bringing STEM subjects to life for young people, and I hope as many as possible take the opportunity to see this great annual tradition as a live event in the museum’s fantastic cinema.”

Following a successful pilot in just five venues last year, the 2019 lecture series will now be shown at 20 locations throughout the country.

Vicky Clifton, Head of Learning and Participation for the museum, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the live stream of the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture in Bradford. Dr Hannah Fry brings an entirely new perspective to maths and learning for people of all ages and is a real leader in the field. By relating maths to everyday life, this lecture will be engaging for even the non-mathematicians among us, changing the way we see the world around us. As a museum we have a learning focus on STEM and this drive is making it possible to have exciting events like this in the city. This is a great learning opportunity for kids and adults alike, plus we’ll be making it festive with a complimentary mince pie and hot chocolate for everyone attending.”

Tickets for the event are available exclusively from the National Science and Media Museum’s website priced at £3 for young people aged 11+ and £6 for over-18s with complimentary tickets available for carers.