Friday, June 29, 2012 | 1:00 PM
This week saw the second gathering of Google’s Luvvies and Boffins -- this time with added boffinry courtesy of London’s Science Museum.
The idea came from Eric Schmidt’s MacTaggart lecture, delivered in Edinburgh last summer, in which he said Britain needs to bring art and science back together if its creative industries are to have a successful future. Guests were handed lapel badges denoting “Luvvie”, “Boffin” or the Renaissance “Luvviboff”.
Besides great cocktails and conversation, the evening featured a stellar line-up of computing-themed activities. There were guided tours of the new Turing Exhibition, up-close demonstrations of the Babbage Machine in action, and hands-on soldering workshops to make Lumiphones.
As an added bonus, our evening coincided with Science Museum Lates, a monthly night at the museum for adults only. Geek activities abounded -- punk science comedy, a cockroach fancy dress tour, even an impressively silent disco.
Overall, it was a wonderful evening, as the Storify below attests. Thanks to the Science Museum for being such great hosts, and to everyone who came along.