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Tom McLeish: 'Faith and Wisdom in Science'

""Do you have wisdom to count the clouds?" asks the voice of God from the whirlwind in the stunningly beautiful catalogue of nature-questions from the Old Testament Book of Job. Tom McLeish takes a scientist's reading of this ancient text as a centrepiece to make the case for science as a deeply human and ancient activity, embedded in some of the oldest stories told about human desire to understand the natural world.

Drawing on stories from the modern science of chaos and uncertainty alongside medieval, patristic, classical and Biblical sources, Faith and Wisdom in Science challenges much of the current 'science and religion' debate as operating with the wrong assumptions and in the wrong space.  There are surprising consequences for our political troubles around technology and science.

Tom McLeish is a leading physicist and pro-vice-chancellor of research at Durham University. At Durham, he has organized fascinating cross-disciplinary projects including putting the cosmological models of medieval thinker Robert Grosseteste  through the Durham 'cosmology machine' supercomputer.

Entry will be five pounds. There will be the opportunity to get a glass of wine before the event, and doors will be open at 6.30. There will also be an opportunity to buy Tom's book at a discount (not sure of exact cost but probably around £20). We will finish at roughly 9.30.

PS This church is meant to be one of the most beautiful in London, according to the Guardian, so worth a visit!

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  • Sharon M.

    I have been thinking about Tom Mcleish and his occupation researching statistical mechanics. I think it is interesting that we were able to conceive of the firery abyss (or Blake was) without science and now that we can (or Tom can) look into it, so to speak, at such a deep level with science, he finds he wants a narrative to frame it. Not surprising really I suppose, must be quite overwhelming.

    July 21, 2014

  • bruce

    I thought that some of Tom's arguments were difficult to follow but hopefully I may have a better understanding as I have purchase his book

    July 20, 2014

  • Kevin

    The talk made me observe that a lot of discussions which appear to be a science-vs-philosophy debate divide view points into rational vs irrational. A viewpoint could be considered irrational yet legitimate. And yet the very term 'irrational' often comes with negative connotations. Anyway thanks for the food for thought!

    July 19, 2014

  • Sarah

    Stimulating, highly intellectual speaker

    July 19, 2014

  • Peter B.

    Very interesting - definitely planted a few seeds

    July 18, 2014

  • Tom M.

    I wanted to thank the whole group for being such a great community to work with, incisive and creative questions and critiques, and great hospitality from LPC and St G's. Wishing you every success with the club in future. (And if you like the book do pass that on - or post another author review on Amazon? ;-)) many thanks again. Tom McLeish

    1 · July 18, 2014

  • Tom M.

    I wanted to thank the whole group for being such a stimulating community to talk with - oh and for coming! The questions w

    July 18, 2014

  • Jules E.

    Could any kind person come and help me with setting up etc from 6.30 to 7.30? Free admission if you do.

    July 17, 2014

  • Daniel S.

    Hi Jules, I'm a wheelchair user. I know the lift is at the left of the main entrance - could you please ensure it's fired up from 7pm.

    Thanks - looking forward to it.
    Dan

    July 17, 2014

    • Jules E.

      Yes will do, cheers Dan

      July 17, 2014

    • Jules E.

      I believe there's a button that opens the door from the outside but I am nearby if any probs

      July 17, 2014

  • Ron J.

    Sorry can't make it. Work connivent..

    July 17, 2014

  • Anne M.

    Regretfully I'm not going to be able to get to Central London tonight. This looks like a very good group though and I'm looking forward to getting involved. All the best for later, hope you have a really good evening.

    July 17, 2014

  • Monica L.

    So sorry but am now unable to come. Great
    Shame as was looking forward to my first philosophy meetup. Hope to be along to next one
    Monica

    July 17, 2014

  • Jules E.

    OK, tomorrow, the church will be open from 6.30. We will be providing wine and soft drinks from 6.45. The speaker will talk at 7.30, and the event will end at around 9.

    July 16, 2014

  • David P.

    Any age restriction? I am only 16, and would like to come to this event.

    July 10, 2014

    • Jules E.

      sure open to all ages David

      July 11, 2014

    • Shelley P.

      Hi I'm very sorry I won't bf able to attend now on the 17th.

      July 11, 2014

  • DeanB

    Sounds fascinating....

    July 10, 2014

  • Tom M.

    If anyone wants to read the book beforehand, have questions ready etc. then Amazon are doing great deals I just saw http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0198702612
    Really looking forward to meeting this amazing group

    2 · June 25, 2014

  • Bryony

    Sounds interesting but unfortunately I can't make it. Will look out for the next event. Enjoy!

    June 24, 2014

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