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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

The Poetry and Music of Science

5th October 2019, 16:30 to 17:30, Palace Green Library, Tom Mcleish and Patricia Waugh

Professor Tom McLeish and Professor Patricia Waugh debate the two cultures of science and art, and how they are both ultimately creative subjects. Part of Durham Book Festival.

In The Poetry and Music of Science, Tom McLeish challenges the widely held assumption that science is less creative than art.

Drawing on conversations with artists and scientists, he explores the stories they tell about their creative projects, revealing surprising commonalities.

Tom McLeish FRS worked for several years at Durham University and is now Professor of Natural Philosophy at York University. He is a Chair of the Royal Society’s Education committee and a Reader in the Anglican Church.

This is just one of more than 80 events taking place during Durham Book Festival. Visit the website for the full programme.

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