David Tong: Explaining Science
I regularly speak at events for the general public where I try to
get across the wonder and beauty of our Universe and our current attempts
to understand it. I'm happy to talk on cosmology, particle physics, quantum
physics, string theory and anything along similar lines.
In recent years, I've been lucky enough to talk at venues that range from the Royal
Society, to the Tate Gallery, to the Hay festival and rock festivals such as lattitude and wilderness. I've
also had lots of fun working with the wonderful people at
Salon London.
Below is a collection of tv and radio recordings, together with some essays and
presentations.
Quantum Field Theory
An animated description of the Standard Model for Quanta magazine.
A night at the Aspen opera house, discussing the renormalisation group and the unity of physics.
A talk in Bangalore on quarks and turbulence.
A Friday Evening Discourse at the Royal Institution describing quantum field theory. (This lecture subsequently took off. It has over 6 million views on youtube and, for some time, was available to watch on British Airways flights!)
Mathematics
The LMS Popular Lecture 2017: The unreasonable effectiveness of physics in mathematics. A writeup of this talk can be found here.
String Theory
A discussion of string theory for Cambridge TV
A Day in My Life: Solitons and Baths
This was a one of four "Physics Lives" films commisioned by the Institue of Physics. Collectively they won a British Universities Film and Video Council Award. Which is a little like an oscar. Sort of.
More Talks

A talk on General Relativity, given to school maths and physics students aged 1617.

When people came into my office and said: "Quick...explain general relativity at a level
for school students"
Radio and Podcasts
 The Joy of Why A podcast with Steve Strogatz describing quantum field theory.
 The Strange Physics of Time. A summary of time dilation in special relativity, with the Naked Scientists.
 Run Like the Wind to Avoid the Rain. A quick description of what to do if you get caught in the rain, on the Today Programme
 A brief description of string theory for the BBC Radio 4 programme "A History of Ideas".
 A bit of a chat with presenter Trevor Dann for the Cambridge radio programme "Cambridge Minds".
Interviews.
Question: How would you explain QFT to a curious 5yearold?
Answer: I wouldn’t start with the path integral. That would be way too hard for a 5 year old. So I guess I’d start with the Lagrangian, then move to the Hamiltonian and just go over the usual canonical commutation relations with them.
 An interview with the students at IIT Roorkee in India.
 Fifteen Minutes with Michael McCellan
Essays.
 The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics
PDF
A description of the work of Haldane, Kosterlitz, and Thouless on topological phases of matter. This was written for Mathematics Today  Einstein and Relativity
How Einstein discovered the theory of relativity. This is based on a talk I gave at the South Bank Centre. The slides of the talk can be found here. I also made a video where I tried to describe what Einstein's equation of general relativity means.  Physics and the Integers PostScript PDF
This essay was awarded an FQXI Essay Prize .
A slimmed down version subsequently appeared in Scientific American.
Scientific American also recorded an audio commentary.  Don's Diary
PDF
A short essay for the Cambridge alumni magazine describing how much fun we all have during examinations.  Geometry Through the Eyes of Physics
PDF
A description of quantum mechanics and geometry for Eureka, the magazine of the Cambridge University Mathematical Society.
Popular Presentations
Here's a few sample presentations, aimed at audiences ranging from general to high school to undergraduate. More technical talks can be found on this page.
 General Relativity (and the rise of
nationalism)
PDF (6.4 Mb)
An audio recording of the talk can be found here.
 Physics and the Integers (annotated)
PDF (1.3 Mb)
 The Higgs and the Cosmological Constant
PDF (14 Mb)
 From Quarks to Quantum Gravity
PDF (2 Mb)