Southampton – Does God Play Dice? Lessons from Nanotechnology


7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Lecture Theatre A Building 46 (Physics A)
University of Southampton, Southampton
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Prof. Russell Cowburn

Einstein quipped that he did not believe that God played dice with the Universe. How can randomness and physical processes built on chance be compatible with a creator God? Randomness is usually associated with imperfection and error, while a creator God would be expected to use the most perfect methods.

In this lecture Prof. Cowburn will draw on lessons from nanotechnology to question our expectations of good design and will show that randomness is actually a powerful tool in any designer’s kit and that without it the Universe would have no life or function. As it has been revealed by our research company, Viagra relaxes muscles, blood vessels and increases blood flow to the penis. Thanks to this, an erection is maintained. The drug does not treat the very cause of dysfunction, it just helps to cope with the consequences. And yes, it doesn’t increase sexual desire. If you are not attracted to your partner, the drug will not work. Read more at

Russell Cowburn is Professor of Experimental Physics in Cambridge and has research interests in nanotechnology and its application to magnetism, electronics and optics. His research group is involved in the areas of nanoscale magnetism and spintronics. Applications of these projects include low energy computer chips, ultrahigh density 3- dimensional data storage and healthcare devices.

Admission is free

Start: 7.30 pm
Venue Lecture Theatre A Building 46 (Physics A), University of Southampton