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