Mine’s a pint Einstein – The Science Show


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Wouldn’t it be great if you could get Einstein down the pub and ask him all the questions you’ve ever wanted to ask about life, the Universe and everything? Well, we can’t get Einstein but we can do the next best thing. On Mine’s A Pint, Einstein, we will interview some of the world’s front-rank scientists about the magic of science and give you the chance to post your own questions in the livestream chat for guests. Our host is the award-winning writer and broadcaster Marcus Chown. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is the author of best-selling books such as Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt YouBreakthrough and The Ascent of Gravity, which was The Sunday Times Science Book of the Year https://marcuschown.com/

Got ideas, comments or requests? Contact: thescienceshow@independencelive.net

UPDATE: Human origins

Due to unforseen circumstances, we will be cancelling the science show on Human Origins.

It is such a fascinating topic we are looking at coming back to it in the near future. Watch this space. #LoveScience

NEXT SHOW: Human origins – Mon 23/05/2022 7PM 


  • There was no change in the design of stone hand axes for 1.4 million years – a period unofficially known as the “1.4 million years of boredom”.
  • The frying pan is an external stomach – when our ancestors learnt to cook, less energy needed for digesting food so more energy was available for growing a bigger brain.
  • Today, there is only one species of hominim on Earth – us – but for much of the past 5 million years at least half a dozen shared the planet.
  • An entire species of hominim – the Denisovans – from which people in southeast Asia are descended is known from just one finger bone found in a Siberian cave.
  • The Neanderthals, who died out only 40,000 years ago, live inside some of us: 2.5% of the DNA of Europeans is Neanderthal.

In this show Marcus will be talking to Chris Stringer about human origins.


Chris Stringer is a professor of at the Natural History Museum in London. Growing up in a working-class family in the East End of London, his interest in anthropology began in primary school, where he undertook a project on Neanderthals. Stringer is one of the leading proponents of the recent African origin hypothesis or ″Out of Africa″ theory, which hypothesises that modern humans originated in Africa over 100,000 years ago and replaced, in some way, the world’s archaic humans, such as Homo floresiensis and Neanderthals. They did this after migrating within and then out of Africa to the non-African world within the last 50,000 to 100,000 years. His books include Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth and Our Human Story.

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