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Café Scientifique: The interplay of science and arts in our perceptions of the world

  • Waterstones Sauchiehall Street 153-157 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow, Scotland, G2 3EW United Kingdom (map)

Part of the University of Glasgow’s ongoing Café Scientifique meetings on the first Monday of every month.

In CP Snow's 1959 Rede Lecture his thesis was that "the intellectual life of the whole of western society" was split into two cultures – the sciences and the humanities – and that this was a major hindrance to solving the world's problems.

The last 50 years have seen an accelerating growth in cross-cultural science/art collaborations, cross -fertllisations, and Festivals etc such as Jodrell Bank's Blue Dot Fest, Wigtown's Big Bang Weekend, and sci-art collaborations like that between black hole physicists and the makers of the movie Interstellar. It has also seen new funding to promote "Public Engagement in Science".  This resembles a return to the Enlightenment where great thinkers were commonly polymathic. 

 This Cafe Sci event is intended to promote discussion of the aims, processes and value of such sci-art collaboration, using as a catalyst the experience of the co-author presenters in writing Oor Big Braw Cosmos, Astronomer Royal for Scotland John C. Brown and Scots poet Rab Wilson.

Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information, please visit https://www.gla.ac.uk/events/cafescientifique/