Students from Years 9 and 10 were treated to an hour-long lecture on Einstein and Physics by world-class expert and Professor of Experimental Physics at Oxford University, Brian Foster, and top violinist Jack Liebeck on 23rd April.
Professor Foster works on the CERN ‘big bang’ particle accelerator project in Switzerland while Liebeck plays all over the world and is established as one of the most compelling young violinists on the concert platform. He is also a winner of a Classical Brit Award for outstanding young British artist.
The pair became friends over a shared love of the violin and have teamed up to travel the country and inspire young people. “We do our best to tie in Physics and introduce students to great music; it brings two great communities together,” said Professor Foster. “Typically I am asked about the link between music and science. Einstein said he found it very relaxing to play the violin when he was working on a problem, and he would come back and have a solution. I find it relaxing in a similar way; it gives you a different perspective.”
The scientific content of the lecture was interspersed with music from Bach and Mozart played by Liebeck which captivated both students and teachers. It culminated with a discussion on the possible outcomes of the Higgs boson particle project at CERN.
Mr Barrett, Head of Science, said: “This was an amazing opportunity for our students to meet world-class leaders in their field. What’s really clear from today is that creativity, politics, finance and science all exist together, not in isolation. Science impacts on every aspect of our daily lives and our students got a real sense of this from this excellent lecture. Thank you to Brian and Jack for sharing their insights and talent.”
Professor Foster commented on how bright our students are. Well done for asking some good questions and for making our guests so welcome. Read the latest on the CERN Hadron Collider here.