Spin is All Around You – Roland Ennos

5th October 2023, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Joining us at Harwell Campus on his book tour with new title, The Science of SpinThe Force Behind Everything – From Falling Cats to Jet Engines, critically acclaimed author and scientist Roland Ennos presents a riveting account of human ingenuity and the seemingly infinite ways spin affects our daily lives.

From the solar system to spinning tops; hurricanes to hula hoops; powerplants to pendulums, one mysterious force shapes almost every aspect of our lives. A force which, despite its ubiquity, continues to confound, baffle and surprise. Artfully moving between astrophysics and anthropology, The Science of Spin provides a sweeping journey through space and time, from the creation of the Earth to the advent of the ‘fidget spinner’,

Answering questions such as why exactly is the Earth round; how is it that boomerangs can turn in mid-air; and why do cats always land on their feet; Roland Ennos’ broad scientific knowledge and ability to make connections across disciplines allows him to explain how the world works to any audience, satisfying all curiosities.

Roland Ennos is a visiting professor of biological sciences at the University of Hull. His previous books include The Wood Age: How Wood Shaped the Whole of Human History and Trees: A Complete Guide to their Biology and Structure. In addition to writing over 120 scientific publications, he is the author of successful textbooks on plants, biomechanics and statistics, has written several popular articles on physics and biology for Physics World and also a feature for the Conversation on keeping your house warm that has been read 1.5 million times!

There will be signed copies of The Science of Spin available for purchase by cash at the end of the event.