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Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 16 - April 2007

 

For all those living in the Cambridge area, our CiS - Faraday public lecture this term will be given by the Bishop of Durham, Tom Wright, with the title ‘Can a Scientist Believe the Resurrection?’ on Tuesday 15th May at 5.30 p.m. in the Babbage Lecture Theatre (see www.faraday-institute.org for further details). We are expecting a good crowd for this popular lecture so come in good time to be sure of a seat. As usual the lecture and discussion that follows will be posted in due course in the Multimedia folder on the Faraday web-site.

There will be a good supply of the newly published Faraday Papers on the bookstall after the lecture – only 20p each or £2.00 for a pack of all 13 Papers published so far, printed in 2-colours. The Faraday Papers are also available for free down-load from www.faraday-institute.org. We are just adjusting the Faraday on-line Shop to make ordering hard copies of the Faraday Papers simpler, but in the interim if you would like to purchase 10 copies or more of any one Paper then please e-mail Bekki Pearce direct at: rjp70@cam.ac.uk. Special prices are available on bulk orders of 100 copies or above. 

The month of May sees our Faraday Short Course ‘God and Physics’ which is now full (and indeed over-subscribed). Our goal is to limit the number of delegates at these Courses to around 30 to encourage optimal interactions between all participants. However, on occasion we are allowing the numbers to creep up above 30 for Courses which prove to be particularly popular. We still have space on both Units 1 and 2 (weeks 1 and 2) of the Summer Course, but the ‘God and Biology’ Course in September is filling up fast and if you wish to secure a place at that Course (which is open only to those with a strong background in biology), then you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Speakers at the Course are Francis Collins, Michael Ruse, Ronald Numbers, Jeff Schloss and Ernest Lucas.

The Faraday Research Seminar Series continues on during the month of May, with talks by Michael Hoskin on ‘Newton and God’ on 8th May, and by Fraser Watts on ‘Relating Theology and Psychology’ on 22nd May.

Darwin continues to receive a high profile, a profile that can only increase as 2009 approaches with its 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species and 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth. The Director spoke on science and religion this month at a day conference organised by the Dept. of Anthropology at Durham University entitled ‘Darwin, Science and Society’ which covered a wide range of topics on this theme. The Conference papers will eventually emerge as a book. The Director also spoke at a day conference in Maynooth, Ireland, which drew around 250 delegates to the first major event there to be organised by Christians in Science. The Course Director, Rodney Holder, gave the University Sermon in St Salvator’s Chapel at St. Andrew’s University, Scotland, with the title: ‘The Universe: Accident or Design?’ (published on the university website at  www.st-andrews.ac.uk/chaplaincy/rodneyholder.shtml ).

Best wishes

Denis Alexander                                                           Bob White

            [Director, Faraday Institute]                              [Associate Director]