Heart-stopping Transplants, Cutting-edge Forensic Science and Fantastic Statistics to be Dissected at Berwins Salon North

A pioneering cardiac surgeon, an eminent forensic scientist and a world-renowned statistician are the latest trio to take to the Berwins Salon North stage.

The three – Samer Nashef, Professor Angela Gallop CBE, and Sir David Spiegelhalter – are appearing at the final “TED style talk” of the current season, being held on the evening of Thursday, November 7, at Harrogate’s Crown Hotel.

The though-provoking sessions – produced by Harrogate International Festivals – consist of a cabaret-style night of the most stimulating ideas in art, science and psychology, with the opportunity to learn a little bit more about yourself and the world around you.

Heart, Body and Mind, will begin with Samer Nashef, who tells heart-stopping tales of transplants, coronary artery bypasses, aorta repair and cardiac arrest.

Enthralling and outspoken, Mr Nashef delivers stories of transporting a donor’s heart up the motorway’s hard shoulder, to cautionary tales of excessive intervention gone awry in US hospitals, all delivered with his usual bedside tone.

In the next talk, the most sought-after forensic scientist in the country reveals her stories from more than 40 years in the field. Thanks to ever-developing techniques at their disposal, forensic teams have an unprecedented ability to help solve even the most complex of cases. As seen in her book When The Dogs Don’t Bark, Angela Gallop CBE speaks of a life spent searching for the truth, which began with her very first crime scene, a case involving the Yorkshire Ripper.

For the final talk of the evening, Sir David Spiegelhalter offers us the way of deriving knowledge from data and shows how a basic grasp of statistical literacy is more important than ever.

Statistics have played a leading role in our scientific understanding for centuries but more than ever they can be sensationalised for “clickbait” headlines.

Sir David shows how statistics can help us determine the luckiest passenger on the Titanic, whether a serial killer could have been caught and the basic probabilities of everyday life.

Priced at £16, tickets for Berwins Salon North: Heart, Body and Mind are available from the box office on 01423 562303 or on the website https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/

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