Johnny Ball

Darwen Aldridge Community Academy hosted the television and radio star Johnny Ball performing on (and off stage) about the beauty and usefulness of mathematics and science -from the pyramids of ancient Egypt to Isaac Newton and the Royal Institute.

A group of over a 100 year 10 students watched the impressive performance in the morning followed by year 11 students in the afternoon.

Johnny Ball told us of Galileo who after inventing the first telescope found that the moons of Jupiter (never before visible) exhibited unexplained movements in fact they could only be explained by the Sun, and not the Earth, being the centre of the solar system. This reassertion of Copernicus’ model of a universe in which the Earth was not at the centre, but revolved around the Sun, had him put on trial by the Catholic Church for heresy and sentenced to death. !A mathematician who stood up for his controversial beliefs! It was only in recent times that the Catholic Church has apologised for this error of judgement.

"THE ENTHUSIASTIC APPROACH AND INSPIRATIONAL PRESENTATION OF JOHNNY BALL IS UNSURPASSABLE" - RADIO TIMES