A packed house inside of Playhouse QPAC theater kicked off the first day of World Science Festival Brisbane on Wednesday night with the Australian premiere of “Light Falls,” a dramatic original performance that brings Albert Einstein’s pursuit of the general theory of relativity to life over a century after he announced his groundbreaking work.
To avoid being outdone by thrilling theories about the nature of our universe, spider enthusiasts — oh, they are out there — welcomed the newest species to walk on eight legs. Please join us in welcoming Dolomedes briangreenei to the official record. Queensland Museum arachnologist Dr Robert Raven discovered the water spider recently and he named it for physicist Brian Greene. That’s Australian hospitality right there. Cheers!
Here are five events that shouldn’t be missed on Thursday.
Dawn of the Human Age | Time: 8pm – 9:30pm
Where: Plaza Auditorium, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, 133A Grey Street, South Brisbane
Climatologists, biologists, oceanographers and policy experts gather to explore evidence for what’s being called the Anthropocene – the first period of history that many scientists point to as being unique for the way humans are influencing their environment, raising both fascinating and worry-worthy questions about the future of our planet.
Light Falls: Space, Time and an Obsession of Einstein | Time: 8pm – 9:30pm
Where: Playhouse QPAC, Corner Melbourne St and Grey St, South Brisbane
Direct from New York, physicist Brian Greene and an ensemble cast trace Albert Einstein’s electrifying journey toward one of the most beautiful ideas ever conceived — the General Theory of Relativity.
Cosmic Nomad | Time: 8:30pm – 9:20pm
Where: Festival Lab, Cultural Forecourt, Melbourne Street, South Brisbane
Comedian Josh Richards is the “Cosmic Nomad” and he has the one-way ticket to Mars to prove it. Richards uses his uniquely warped blend of science, comedy and storytelling to answer the big questions for our species.
Discovering the Deep | Time: 6pm – 7:30pm
Navigate deep below the surface of the ocean aboard submarines, go cave diving, and enjoy the rare songs blue whales sing during this spectacular program that only feels like it takes place out of this world. A presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.
On a Wing | Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Where: Queensland Museum, Corner Melbourne St and Grey St, South Brisbane
Come for the paintings by Emma Lindsay, featuring extinct Australian bird species that are held in the natural history museums around the world. Stay for the taxidermy demonstrations!
To Learn More About World Science Festival Brisbane visit www.worldsciencefestival.com.au