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.