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Lewis Dartnell

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Lewis Dartnell - Astrobiology

The Blunt Report

Lewis Dartnell is an Astrobiologist, Presenter and Author. Today he discusses the series of contradictions that we have on the topic of life elsewhere. Life on Earth is somehow special, yet there is an abundance of Earth-like planets within our universe. Life is fragile, yet life always find a way. So In this conversation, Lewis discusses what is significant in Astrobiology, why it matters to us, its effects on society and ultimately what that means for humanity and for the future. For more information on Lewis, as well as his fantastic books, find him at lewisdartnell.com.


2 May 2021

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Rebooting Civilization and Alien Life in the Cosmos, with Lewis Dartnell

Physical Attraction

We have a guest on the show today - Professor Lewis Dartnell. Lewis is an author, presenter, and Professor of Science Communication at the University of Westminster, and has written and researched on topics as diverse as astrobiology, how to rebuild civilization after the apocalypse, and the influence of Earth's geology on the history of the development of the species. I first came across Lewis' work reading an excellent book he wrote "The Knowledge", which is like a how-to guide on how one might try and restart civilization after a cataclysmic event. We talked about the book, and the prospects for finding life in the Universe, in this interview - which I really enjoyed. You can find Lewis' work at LewisDartnell.com where you'll find links to his previous presenting work, his TED Talk, his academic publications, and various different multimedia appearances that he's made over the years. You can buy Origins and The Knowledge in all good bookstores, and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of the former having devoured the latter one. You can also follow him on Twitter @Lewis_Dartnell if that floats your boat. I'd like to thank him again for being so generous with his time for this interview.

1hr 1min

11 Aug 2020

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The invisible fundaments that are shaping the human world - a conversation with Lewis Dartnell

Nexxworks Innovation Talks

Astrobiologist and bestselling author Lewis Dartnell was interviewed by #nexxworks Content Director Laurence Van Elegem about the fundaments of humanity, scientific thinking, China, Mars as Planet B, education, multidisciplinarity and the world after coronavirus. Go to https://nexxworks.com/blog for more insights and inspiration about innovation!


30 Jul 2020

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S1E6 - Join Brad Elliott in a Different Conversation with Lewis Dartnell

Different Conversations

Conversations with Professor Lewis Dartnell are always wide ranging and lead in unexpected directions. In short, they’re Different Conversations. Lewis is Professor of Science Communication at the University of Westminster, leads a research programme on how to find life on Mars, is a noted science communicator and award-wining author. Join Brad Elliott and Lewis Dartnell in this Different Conversation about lockdown recipes, the bizarre complexity of simple objects like pencils, and biological teleportation. Find Professor Lewis Dartnell on Twitter - @Lewis_Dartnell Or online at https://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/directory/dartnell-lewis


28 Jul 2020

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S1E13 The Apocalypse: Starting from scratch with Lewis Dartnell

Behind The Spine

Would you have the skills to survive in the immediate aftermath of an apocalypse? Popular culture often focuses on the lead up to the devastating event, or life as it unfolds sometime after. Professor Lewis Dartnell, however, focuses on the days, weeks and months after the fallout, and in his book “The Knowledge”, details the tools humanity would need to survive. This episode will help you re-think the apocalypse genre and think about how we need to feed our souls, not just our stomachs.


7 Jul 2020

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Are We Prepared To Restart Civilisation? Lewis Dartnell Speaks to The Newsmakers

The Newsmakers Video

The catastrophic coronavirus pandemic is changing the world, but what if things got much worse? Do we have the know-how to start again? We ask how difficult it is to reboot civilization. Guest: Lewis DartnellAuthor of 'The Knowledge: How To Rebuild Our World From Scratch'


6 May 2020

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Lewis Dartnell talks to Emirates ICE ahead of Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Best of the Emirates LitFest

Lewis Dartnell is an author, presenter and Professor of Science Communication at the University of Westminster. He’s well known for his work, The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch.Lewis has written science articles for popular magazines like New Scientist and written books such as Life in the Universe and has contributed an essay on extra-terrestrial life edited by Jim Al-Khalili to critical acclaim. His new book, Origins: How the Earth Made Us, looks at the human story from the perspective of the planetary forces that shaped our biology and history.Lewis speaks to Emirates ICE ahead of Emirates LitFest in 2019.


1 May 2020

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Special episode - The Knowledge with Lewis Dartnell

Atomic Hobo

The author explains how to reboot civilisation after an apocalypse. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


29 Mar 2020

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Lewis Dartnell – The Knowledge

The Rob McNealy Program

In this EpisodeLewis Dartnell, author of The Knowledge, talks with Rob McNealy about how primitive technology could be used jump start civilization from scratch.About Lewis DartnellProf. Lewis Dartnell is a research scientist, presenter and author based in London, UK. He graduated from Oxford University with a First Class degree in Biological Sciences and completed his PhD at University College London in 2007. He now holds the Professorship in Science Communication at the University of Westminster. His research is in the field of astrobiology and the search for microbial life on Mars. He has also held a STFC Science in Society Fellowship and is very active in delivering live events at schools and science festivals, working as a scientific consultant for the media, and has appeared in numerous TV documentaries and radio shows. He has won several awards for his science writing and outreach work and regularly freelance for newspapers and magazine articles. He has also published four books: The Knowledge was the Sunday Times ‘New Thinking’ Book of the Year and international bestseller, and my latest ORIGINS: How the Earth Made Us is a Sunday Times top History book of 2019.Guest LinksBook Website Twitter LinkedInEpisode LinksAudio Interview Video Interview Interview Transcript


28 Mar 2020

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ORIGINS - How Earth’s history shaped human history: Lewis Dartnell

Long Now: Conversations at The Interval

From the cultivation of the first crops to the founding of modern states, the human story is the story of environmental forces, from plate tectonics and climate change, to atmospheric circulation and ocean currents.Professor Lewis Dartnell will dive into the planet’s deep past, where history becomes science, to explore a web of connections that underwrites our modern world, and that can help us face the challenges of the future.Lewis Dartnell is a Professor of Science Communication at the University of Westminster. Before that, he completed his biology degree at the University of Oxford and his PhD at UCL, and then worked as the UK Space Agency research fellow at the University of Leicester, studying astrobiology and searching for signs of life on Mars. He has won several awards for his science writing and contributes to the Guardian, The Times, and New Scientist. He is also the author of three books. He lives in London, UK.

1hr 12mins

14 Nov 2019