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


7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Tyndale Baptist Church
Whiteladies Rd , Bristol, BS8 2QG
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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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