Professor John Dupré. Photo: Guido Castgnoli.

Exeter Professor to deliver lecture at Science Museum

University of Exeter philosopher of science Professor John Dupré will deliver a keynote speech at a conference at the Science Museum in London on Friday 23 January.

The conference, organised by the London Consortium, brings together the Science Museum, Tate Modern, the Wellcome Trust and Birkbeck, University of London, to reconsider the divide between art and science.

Events over three days at three different venues are marking 50 years since scientist and novelist C.P. Snow, lecturing in Cambridge, delivered an influential and controversial address on the subject of ‘The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution’. He condemned the widening gap in knowledge and understanding between ‘literary intellectuals’ and ‘natural scientists’.

The London Consortium’s conference will consider whether the gap identified by Snow has been addressed by an increase in the past few years in multidisciplinary work, or whether the distinctions between and within the two cultures have become even further entrenched.

The talk by Professor Dupré, who is Director of Egenis, the ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society, based at the University of Exeter, will close the second day of the conference.

A day of lectures and discussions at Tate Modern will follow on the Saturday, with speakers including Anthony Grayling, Jonathan Miller, and Oxford’s Professor for the Public Understanding of Science Marcus du Sautoy.

Date: 22 January 2009

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