Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2007
A Christmas Tradition for many Years
The Christmas Lectures return to the Faraday Lecture Theatre at the Royal Institution following last year's refurbishments.
Dr Hugh Montgomery
Intensive care doctor and extreme sports enthusiast Dr Hugh Montgomery presents this year's lectures. The lectures explore the theme of human survival - who lives, who dies, and why?
- Peak Performance - How the body burns fuel with oxygen to create energy.
- Completely Stuffed - How our bodies cope with starvation and thirst
- Grilling and Chilling - Surviving extremes of temperature
- Fight or Flight - How our muscles and reactions aif survival
- Luck, Genes and Stupidity - Many things influence our ability to srvive
We all know of extraordinary cases of survival. Those situations that people have been in and you think "How on earth did they gat out of that?" It could be the searing heat of the Sahara, shivering in salty seas or facing almost certain starvation. How do they survive, and how does the human body adapt to deal with it?
The 2007 Lectures were broadcast in the UK by the Channel Five Television Company bringing the unique nature of the lectures and their intellectually challenging scientific experimental style to millions of viewers, young and old. The first lecture was given by Michael Faraday in 1826 although, obviously, was not televised until much later.