SotF 2016 – Fran Day – Physics Fan Fiction

Tuesday 16 August 2016, 7:50 pm - 8:50 pm
At: Banshee Labyrinth, 29-35 Niddry Street, EH1 1LG

16th Fran Day

What do theoretical physicists do all day? It’s a funny story actually… Apocalypses and politics go hand in hand as University of Oxford physicist Fran Day takes a break from studying particles that probably don’t exist to take to the stage in a stand-up comedy spectacular that is witty, irreverent and occasionally surreal. Fran gets stuck in to how physicists are searching for new particles at the Large Hadron Collider and why it’s a good idea to study made up particles, with plenty of jokes along the way.

Fran is a PhD student in theoretical physics at the University of Oxford. She is searching for hints of new particles by looking at the light from galaxies and galaxy clusters. Fran is a science comedian, using comedy to tackle topics ranging from quantum field theory to women in science.

Fran got into comedy during a self-imposed challenge to improve her public speaking ability by taking every speaking opportunity presented to her. Since then, she has quit all of her other hobbies, including coxing, Scottish country dancing and the bass clarinet. She retains an unhealthy obsession with Game of Thrones and has just joined the Liberal Democrats.

Fran is also performing Physics Fan Fiction from 6th – 15th August (not 10th) at 6:20 pm at Silk.

Find out more at or by following her on twitter @FrancescaDay

Skeptics on the Fringe is proud to be part of PBH’s Free Fringe. Our talks are free and unticketed, so come early to the Free Fringe’s spoken word hub at the Banshee Labyrinth to be sure of a seat.

We have a different topic every day, bringing science, reason and critical thinking to the largest arts festival in the world.

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