Faculty of Sciences

'How Long is a Piece of String?'

Two of Kent’s Honorary Doctors appear together on BBC’s Horizon programme ‘How long is a piece of String’ at 9pm on BBC 2 on Tuesday 17 November 2009.

Alan Davies began his career as a stand-up comedian, before making the transition to radio and television. He took, taking the lead role as sleuth in the BBC’s ‘Jonathan Creek’, hosted his own radio show 'The Alan Davies Show' and is a regular panellist on the BBC2 quiz game QI. In tonight’s Horizon programme, he embarks on a fascinating voyage of scientific discovery in his quest to accurately measure his piece of string. Becky Parker, Head of Physics at the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, explains how String Theory may help to solve Alan’s problem. Becky is joined by mathematician Marcus du Sautoy and MIT Professor, Seth Lloyd to accompany Alan on his scientific journey.

Kent alumni, Alan Davies returned to Kent in 2003 to receive his Honorary Doctorate and Becky Parker became an Honorary Doctor of Science in 2008.

Details about tonight’s programme are on the following link:

(Programmes are usually available on iPlayer for a week after the broadcast.)

Published: 17 November 2009

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