By John Kerr 31/07/2017 13


Professor Brian Cox, one of the world’s most famous physicists and science communicators, is coming to New Zealand with a blockbuster live show

The softly-spoken British scientist is bringing his record breaking live science show to New Zealand in November, for the first time. It will play at the ASB Theatre in Auckland on Tuesday 7 November. Lateral Events, the company bringing Prof Cox’s show to NZ, gives a rundown on what the show will entail:

It has taken 4 billion years from the origin of life on Earth to produce living things that can contemplate the true scale of the Universe, and our contemplations raise challenging questions about our place and value amongst an infinite sea of stars.

Using state of the art visuals, Professor Brian Cox will explore the Cosmos as revealed to us by modern astronomy; a place of bright swirling galaxies, dark energy, black holes and billions of potential homes for life. The evening will be mesmerising for all ages, deeply satisfying for the scientifically minded, intriguing and inspirational for the novice.

BC_345x454“The massive screens of this show do justice to the astonishing images of the universe from the Hubble Space Telescope and spacecraft like the Cassini orbit around Saturn,” says Prof Brian Cox.

“The success of the tour in the UK and Europe also means that hundreds of thousands of people were interested enough in physics to come and watch a live show about it, and that’s an encouraging thought for the future!”

Brian Cox is Professor of Particle Physics at The University of Manchester, The Royal Society Professor for Public Engagement in Science and a Fellow of the Royal Society. In his pursuit of engaging the public with science, he has hosted numerous documentaries and authored several popular science books.

Also, while the term ‘rock star’ scientist is bandied about often, in the case of Brian Cox it is literally true. Before pursuing his PhD he was part of the 90’s rock band D:Ream, famous for their ’94 number-one hit “Things can only get better (although Cox didn’t play on that particular track).

Joining Cox on stage will be British comedian, actor and writer Robin Ince, Brian’s co-host on the BBC Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage.

Interested? You can register for presale ticket announcements on the Lateral Events website.

Record-breaking tour

Lateral Events describes Brian Cox Live as “the world’s most successful and significant science show.” It may sound over the top but they can’t be accused of hyperbole, the show actually holds a bona fide Guinness World record for  ‘Most tickets sold for a science tour’!

Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, said of the record:

It’s testament to Brian’s huge popularity that his show, Professor Brian Cox Live, has been able to add a run of eighteen gigs to the end of an already record-breaking tour. That these eighteen shows are arena shows, usually reserved for pop stars and sporting events, makes the feat even more impressive.

Popular science events growing in popularity

It’s a bumper year for A-list science celebrities bringing their own personal brand of science communication to New Zealand.  Prof Cox’s visit to New Zealand is the latest in a string of speaking tours by high-profile scientists including Neil Degrasse-Tyson, Brian Greene and Jane Goodall.

Even before this latest announcement, Science Media Centre Director Peter Griffin was impressed by the calibre of scientists bringing public-focused shows to New Zealand.

“I can’t think of year … where so much science celebrity talent is coming through New Zealand,” he told the Press last month.


13 Responses to “Rockstar physicist Brian Cox coming to New Zealand”

  • Any chance he might come to South Island? Christchurch would be a central venue we could all get to

    • Hi Moira, it doesn’t look like it unfortunately. The Lateral Events website lists one night only in Auckland.

  • One night in Auckland is one night too many, to listen to the AGW “science communicating” of this BBC science “celebrity” shill.
    He’s of the same ilk as Bill Nye and Neil de Grasse Tyson…mainstream media payrolled science “experts”….spreading the fake news propaganda of “climate change”.
    I think Tyson and Nye wear bow ties , spinning and squirting water….as part of their act.

  • Mach. What an odd article, as far as I can tell written by a retired geologist; not anyone qualified in climate studies. I think I will stay with the IPCC and Royal Society of New Zealand on this.

    And looking at the publicity material from Brian Cox for his Auckland show, which is on Cosmology, your comments are odd and off topic.

    • I agree. I’m interested to hear people’s thoughts on Prof Brian Cox and his coming to New Zealand, but this isn’t really the space for a climate debate.

  • I’m with Moira Nield – he needs to do a Christchurch show. Based on the packed house Neil de Grasse Tyson got, Dr Cox should have no trouble filling the Arena. Or do these disparate event promoters not care for each others statistics?

  • Tough to break through your indoctrination, John, you bounced my long comment,
    School of Psychology at Victoria University explains it all.

    • Here you are, John,
      http://www.victoria.ac.nz/psyc/research/phd-students/john-kerr
      and your supervisor is Marc Wilson…well that definitely explains everything.
      and a BSc (Hons) Otago .. that’s very well done. esp in todays grades for academic achievement.
      So no wonder you bounced my rather primitive science comment.
      I would like to convey to you this message I said to ‘Confused Jane” in this comment, John.
      http://jennifermarohasy.com/2016/10/wettest-september-record-murray-darling/#comment-582559
      Best wishes,
      Mack.

      • I appreciate your interest in my academic travels Mack, but I can do without the condescension. I haven’t moderated any of your comments here and I am not sure which comment you’re are talking about. That said, if you did want to post about something off-topic it could well be removed. This isn’t anything to do with me or indoctrination, it is just the Sciblogs comments policy. As mentioned above, this comment thread is about Prof Brian Cox coming to New Zealand. I’m not trying to shut down debate; there are a lot of comment threads on Sciblogs tackling the topics in which you are interested and you are more than welcome to continue the discussion there.