Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 22 - November 2007
The new academic year started with a flourish as the Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Prince Philip, accompanied by the Vice-Chancellor and other senior dignitaries visited St Edmund’s College. Prince Philip has a long-standing interest in science-religion issues, and members of the Faraday Institute were able to meet and discuss them with him. Associate Director Bob White presented Prince Philip with a copy of the first, recently published Faraday book – Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living (SPCK) by Nick Spencer and Robert White – and we were pleased to see the Chancellor reading it as he was driven away at the end of his visit.
A new series of Faraday seminars has also started with full houses to hear Prof. David Livingstone (Belfast) on Public Spectacle and Evolutionary Theory: The Fortunes of Darwinism in the Calvinist Cultures of Victorian Edinburgh and Belfast and Prof. Mike Hulme (University of East Anglia) on Three Meanings of Climate Change: presaging Apocalypse, constructing Babel, lamenting Eden. The next public lecture is at 5:30 pm on 6th November in the Queen’s Building, Emmanuel College, when Prof George Ellis, former President of the Royal Society of South Africa and newly elected Fellow of the Royal Society will talk on The Multiverse, Ultimate Causation and God. Then on 13th and 27th November there will be two more seminars at 1pm by Prof Peter Harrison and Prof. Tom McLeish, respectively. As usual, if you don’t live within reach of Cambridge, these seminars together with almost 200 others can be downloaded free from the Faraday website at www.faraday-institute.org
Faraday staff have also been busy giving talks elsewhere. Director Denis Alexander lectured at St Alban's and at the Perse School in Cambridge; Associate Director Bob White spoke on ‘Climate Change – A Christian Response’ at a meeting locally and at St Peter’s Barge, Canary Wharf, London to a packed room (on a large barge!); while Course Director Rodney Holder spoke at no less than 7 different events. If you would like to hear Rodney, he will be speaking at a Day Conference ‘God or Multiverse? An Open Dialogue’, on 24th November, at Downing College, Cambridge, along with Profs Bernard Carr, Keith Ward, Peter Coles and Revd Dr John Polkinghorne (details at www.scimednet.org/pdf/godormultiverse.pdf ).
Why not start the New Year by attending the Short Course No. 9: Introduction to Science and Religion on Jan 4-6, 2008: applications are open now but close on 1 December 2007 or when it is full if that is earlier. Or book ahead for Short Course No. 10: Ethics on the Frontiers of Science: Religion – Help or Hindrance? On April 11-13, 2008
Denis Alexander Bob White
[Director, Faraday Institute] [Associate Director]