Back in January I completed the illustrations for a wonderful new book by Professor Marcus du Sautoy who is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and a Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University which I posted about at the time.
Now the book is out, (and don’t you just love that cover!) it’s called “What We Cannot Know” and is a fascinating exploration of all those big questions that sometimes can and sometimes can’t be answered and I’m delighted to say that Professor du Sautoy came to Grantham, a town near me, during the Gravity Fields Festival ~ a week long celebration of all things science ~ inspired by Grantham’s famous scientific son, Isaac Newton.
After his lecture on the topics he covers in the book he did a book signing and we were really thrilled to meet him in person!
And as if that wasn’t enough excitement for one day, we met Andrew Glester who is a director, producer, science communicator and all round generally very interesting guy who was there with his new collaborative show, (staged in a campervan!) and called The Apollo 11 Campervan. Here we are, outside his venue!
We didn’t get to catch the amazing show as every performance was already sold out but he did interview both me and Professor du Sautoy for his Cosmic Shed Podcast which explores “Science fact, science fiction, and everything inbetween” ~ previous interviewees have included Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise and Bennedict Cumberbatch, so I’m in pretty good company wouldn’t you say?!
You can listen by clicking here, it’s 50 minutes of really interesting conversations recorded with people during the festival (we’re towards the end!)
Marcus said some really lovely things about how he wanted hand drawn illustrations in his book to give it a very human, rather than clinical feel and how my drawings achieved exactly this for him.
What wonderful feedback from the man himself and a truly memorable day!