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Helen Scales & Tim Pond – Wondrous Forms of Life



March 14, 2019
7:00 pm
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The Exchange
Twickenham, London + Google Map

Helen Scales & Tim Pond – Wondrous Forms of Life

Join us for a fun evening exploring the diversity of animal life we share our planet with, both through artistic and scientific observation. The evening will be broken down into two engaging presentations. The first will be given by Tim Pond author and illustrator of the field guide to drawing and sketching animals. In this inspirational book, Tim Pond shows you how to observe and draw animals in zoos, farms, wildlife parks and aquariums, teaching you some fascinating facts about the animals along the way and ultimately bringing you closer to nature.


Marine biologist Dr Helen Scales will transport us beneath the waves, to meet a remarkable group of animals that are responsible for some of the most intricate and stunning shapes in the natural world. In her bestselling book, Spirals in Time, as featured on BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week, Helen uncovers the secret lives of the animals that make sea shells — the molluscs. She ponders how people have used sea shells for millennia as symbols of sex and death, as money, and as the inspiration behind new materials and medicines.


Sea shells come in a tremendous variety of shapes and patterns. Exactly how molluscs have come to be such champion architects is a puzzle that many great thinkers have considered. For centuries, scientists have tried to understand the shapes of sea shells and they’ve searched for mathematical truths to explain how molluscs make their shells and how they have come to be so diverse. While some mysteries still remain, much is now known about the shell makers’ craft. Helen will lead us on a journey through the imaginary ‘Museum of All Possible Shells’, and show how the humble mollusc has taught us a lot about evolution and the possibilities of life on Earth. Helen will explore many other aspects of marvellous molluscs, which are some of the toughest, oldest and smartest animals on the planet.