Hello. The Alchemist Cafe is a group that organizes wonderful, free open discussions that brings members of the public in contact with people from a range of sciences and allows us to ask any questions that we wish. The speakers and discussion are usually fascinating. There is usually some free food later too.
This talk is about how our cities and societies could be redesigned using principles discovered in the natural world. Below is an extract from the website.
"Cities and complexity
The concept of emergence has been around since the time of Aristotle with examples found all across our natural world – from the swarming of birds and fish to the collective intelligence of ants and bees. While these examples are well known, it is only in very recent years that scientists have begun to explore and understand the way that such intricate and complex patterns can arise from such relative simplicity. This new area of science has since become known as the study of ‘complex systems’ and aims to exploit our new found understanding by applying it to analogous examples in our human world.
Dr Hannah Fry from University College London will be talking about how applying these ideas to the workings of a city has the potential to directly influence the way we design our society – from transport to policing and everything in between."
Please be on time. I don't know if they will let you in late.
To find me look for my curly red hair. Also I'll try to get a seat near the camera man and will hover near the food after the talk.