Ep38: Culture and Science – Robin Ince

Image Credit: Vera de Kok, CC-BY-SA 3.0

Image Credit: Vera de Kok, CC-BY-SA 3.0

Robin Ince is a comedian, writer and performer, best known for presenting The Infinite Monkey Cage on BBC Radio 4. Incorporating science into his work, Robin frequently works alongside many scientists.

If you want to know something, and it really comes from you heart, it’s not a stupid question
— Robin Ince

In this interview we talk about Robin's background, and how his curiosity for science was rekindled after flunking a physics exam at school. We discuss the motivation for incorporating science into his work, the broad area of public understanding of science, and the presentation of scientists in the media.

Robin is a co-founder of Cosmic Shambles, an online network featuring hours of videos and podcasts on science and the arts. We discuss how the space race inspired a generation of scientists and the interplay between science and culture. Plus much more...

You can hear Robin talking with co-presenter Professor Brian Cox on The Infinite Monkey Cage in the clip below, and find out more about his work on his website.