Bristol – “The Penultimate Curiosity: How science swims in the slipstream of ultimate questions.”

Professor Andrew Briggs


Andrew Briggs, Professor of Nanomaterials, University of Oxford, will speak on his latest book written with artist Roger Wagner: “The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions”. Copies of the book (5 stars on Amazon!) will be available to buy (cash only) discounted from £25 to £20.

Professor Briggs writes: When young children first begin to ask ‘why?’ they embark on a journey with no final destination. The need to make sense of the world as a whole is an ultimate curiosity that lies at the root of all human religions. It has, in many cultures, shaped and motivated a more down to earth scientific interest in the physical world, which could therefore be described as penultimate curiosity. These two manifestations of curiosity have a history of connection that goes back deep into the human past. Tracing that history all the way from cave painting to quantum physics, this book (a collaboration between a painter and a physical scientist that uses illustrations throughout the narrative) sets out to explain the nature of the long entanglement between religion and science: the ultimate and the penultimate curiosity.

As usual the entrance is free, with a donations basket  (suggest £4 to cover costs), and tea and homemade cake are provided free of charge.  We will be again trialling a discussion time afterwards, at the STEAM pub on Clifton Down station.
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Date/Time
Date(s) - 27 Jan 2017
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Location
Tyndale Baptist Church