David Block - Professor

Different Titles for Business, Motivational or Inspirational Presentations

The Power of Vision

THE POWER OF VISION, audiences learn how to -

- Create a new mind set in your personal and corporate life
- Thrive on Chaos
- Embrace time dependent boundries with a highly positive work ethic
- Find, and stay at, the cutting edge of their personal dreams and aspirations
- Embrace unity in diversity

each presentation is tailor-made for the occasion and for the specific group.
In 2013 Professor Block was acclaimed by BHP Billiton and the National Science and Technology Forum as one of South Africa's foremost communicators of Science.


What is Time?

Our entire schedules, each and every day, are dominated by TIME. But precisely WHAT IS TIME? In this presentation, Professor David Block takes audiences to the cutting edge of one of the most elusive questions they may ever ask about time.

To seek for answers, Professor Block travels to the land of Papua New Guinea, north of Australia. He seeks to understand how did the earlier local inhabitants of Papua New Guinea understand the concept of time, without having a physical calendar or a watch?

Curiously, there is the most riveting parallel behind the Papua New Guinean notions of time, and time as perceived by one of the greatest scientists and cosmologists of the modern era, Professor Stephen Hawking. Professor Block met Stephen Hawking in 2008. To fully understand TIME leads to a perspective which audiences shall never forget.

Einstein's Piano

At an astronomy observatory in Florence sits a piano - a grand piano once played by one of the greatest scientists of all time: Albert Einstein. This presentation explains the remarkable history of that piano, while also probing the family history of Robert Einstein, a cousin of Albert Einstein, who lived outside Florence.

Also featured in this presentation is the book The Sky Falls - a brilliant novel, which was awarded the highly esteemed Premio Viareggio Opera Prima  award in 1961. The Sky Falls offers a tragic, moving and most touching insight written by one of the young adopted twin girls, Lorenza Mazzetti, who was cared for by Robert Einstein and his family.

A central thread of The Sky Falls is the processing of the SS massacre of the wife and daughters of Robert Einstein at the Villa Il Focardo, south of Florence, on 3 August 1944. The villa once housed that grand piano too.

Looking up in Wonder

The slide presentation will show the immensity and vastness of our expanding universe. Interwoven in the show will be Professor Block's personal account of how the study of astronomy led to a his understanding of 'fine tunings' in the Universe.

The slide show is certain to be a visual and intellectual feast. Remarkable and beautiful photographs, many secured through some of the world's largest telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope, will take you from neighbouring planets to recent comets, distant stars and nebulae. You will find yourself looking back in time, in some cases millions of light years.

Professor Block will start from Planet earth, move on to the other planets in our solar system, then the Sun, our closest star, and onto the furthest galaxies, in search of their meaning. While viewing the breathtaking beauty and complexity of the universe, Professor Block will address questions such as how the universe came into being, whether the universe is simply an accident or created by a Designer.


"I would like to thank you so much for your inspirational words and especially for sharing your inspiring story with us which gave so much hope to me and made me truly feel like I am part of such an amazing universe. I will always remember to look up at the cosmos and always gain hope from them."

"Dear Prof. Block - Thank you for taking time out of your day to share these words of wisdom with us. We sincerely appreciate it as you can see from many the comments above. Thank you for reminding us to look up, especially in the day and age when we are constantly looking down at our cellphones, situations, and sadly most often ourselves. To tell a generation that often doubts themselves and their abilities, that the universe is so framed that it might bear our names, was breath-taking and left us all in awe. In terms of Mr Hawking’s 3 questions, the answers I still do not know, but maybe that’s the point, to not know. Maybe the whole reason that the universe is framed as such, is so that we might find our purpose, our own reason. In a time of hopelessness, you have given me hope, and I am eternally grateful. I certainly hope that I end up like you one day: one of the people crazy enough to change he world." 

"Thank you so much for your inspiring words, Professor. You gave many of us hope and I thank you for that. At this time of desperation, it was refreshing to hear your positive message. Thank you for being the inspiration you are!"

"Thank you so much for an absolutely inspiring presentation. “Chase your passion, not your pension” - these words spoke volumes to me. Thank you for taking your time to talk to us this evening!"

"Thank you so much, Professor Block, for taking the time to share even just a fraction of your wisdom with us! You are such an inspirational person and it was such a privilege to be able to gain this incredible insight from you. Thank you for reminding us to always "look up" even when the going gets tough!"

Cornwall Hill College

"David Block is to South Africa what Carl Sagan was to American astronomy - his pioneering discoveries are reshaping astronomical paradigms, and his imprint on human culture is a legacy to all South Africans as you build your future in the techonological 21st century."

John Kormendy
World-renowned US astronomer

"David Block is one of South Africa's greatest jewels, an ambassador for astronomy."

Debra Elmegreen
Former President of the American Astronomical Society


Images of Professor David Block and our galaxies.

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