Our seminar series is free and available for anyone to attend. Unless otherwise stated, seminars take place on Wednesday afternoons at 2pm in the Kilburn Building during teaching season.

If you wish to propose a seminar speaker please contact Antoniu Pop.


Manchester and Athens

  • Speaker:   Dr  Gavin Brown  (University of Manchester)
  • Host:   Robert Stevens
  • 16th December 2015 at 14:00 in KB L.T. 1.4
In 1988, the physicist Freeman Dyson wrote: "The first academic city in the world was Athens, and the first industrial city was Manchester, so I like to use the names of Athens and Manchester as symbols of the two styles of scientific thinking."

For Dyson, Athens is the science of "unifying"? "people whose driving passion is to find general principles which will explain everything. They are happy if they can leave the universe looking a little simpler than they found it.

And, Manchester is the science of "diversifying"? "people whose passion is to explore details. They are in love with the heterogeneity of nature [?] They are happy if they leave the universe a little more complicated than they found it.?

This will be a non-technical talk, a bit of a philosophical reflection, and suitable for anyone who has conducted research in any aspect of science/engineering. Hopefully you will all enjoy this, providing a thought provoking lead-in to the School Christmas party at 3pm!
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