Last Friday evening, the Natural History Museum in London hosted their annual Science Uncovered night. From 18:00 till midnight, the scientists at the NHM came out of their labs and talked to the public about their research and current controversies in their fields.
I joined two of the tours: Meet Your Ancestors – which was held in the evolution section and The Code for Life – which was about how scientists at the NHM extract and then sequence DNA.
It was a nice evening out and its purpose can perhaps be best summed up by the Charles Darwin quotation which appears next to his statue on the stairs of the first level:
“…freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men’s minds, which follows from the advance of science.”