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Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 110 - March 2015

Let Newton Be!
Thursday 12th March, Cambridge Junction
As part of this year’s University of Cambridge Science Festival, the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion has commissioned the return of this fantastic, entertaining and educational play. Let Newton Be! brings the complex and controversial character of Sir Isaac Newton to life: a devout, difficult, obsessive man who sought and found God in universal laws of light and motion. Theatrical, entertaining and informative, the play gives a different way to see the world of Newton. It explores the life and thought of a genius whose scientific theories still provide the foundations for our understanding of the Universe today. Further details here

School Performance 14:30 - 16:30 - book via 01223 741281
Public Performance 19:30 - 21:30 - book via
Big Questions in Science and Religion

Upcoming Events
March 3rd Research
Seminar, Dr Felicity Mellor
11th-13th Conference on spirituality and creation, Adelaide, Australia
12th Let Newton Be! performance
20th-22nd Short Course ‘Big Questions in Science and Religion’

20th-22nd March, Murray Edwards College,
There are still just a few places left for our next weekend short course in Cambridge. An exciting range of speakers will tackle key questions on science and faith in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with plenty of opportunity for discussion. Come and enjoy the warm hospitality of a Cambridge College, make new friends, browse our extensive bookstall, and of course, hear from experts in each field. Book by Sun 8th March at the latest. Programme and full details here

Looking Ahead
7th May Public Lecture, Prof Russell Cowburn
5th-10th July Summer Course ‘Science or Religion: Do we have to choose?

Who are We?
Faraday out and about in March
Over the coming month, Faraday staff will be taking part in a range of activities at
home and abroad:

Faraday Director Bob White is travelling to Australia to lecture on faith and natural
disasters, first in Melbourne at the 2015 Conference on Science and Christianity
hosted by ISCAST (Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and
Technology, see more details at cosac2015); then in Adelaide to speak at a joint
Faraday Institute - Graeme Clarke Research Institute conference “Rediscovering the
Spiritual in God’s Creation” (GCRI Conference).
Ruth Bancewicz will be in the US 17th-25th March to promote her new book, God
in the Lab. Find out more at
Rodney Holder is speaking at churches in Hereford on 1st March, immediately after
the Faraday day course on Feb 28th (see below). He’s also talking on science and
faith at Sherbourne school in the middle of the month.
Lizzie Coyle is leading a number of interactive sessions in various schools, including
several on ‘fossils and faith’, to students ranging in age from 7 to 18 years.
February News Update
“Moving on after the floods” was the title of a talk by Faraday researcher Roger
to local residents and mental health workers in Bridgwater, Somerset. In it
Roger, an expert in post-disaster trauma recovery, explored the potential emotional
and psychological issues arising from the winter floods of 2014. He writes, “My
presentation was much appreciated, as was the opportunity for those present to
share memories of their experience of the floods through photographs. I felt people
took to heart my emphasis on the community being currently vulnerable and yet
having a huge capacity of resilience and building back in a better way.”
Islam and evolution: Is there a controversy?
Faraday visiting scholar Dr Rana Dajani is a molecular biologist, from Hashemite
University, Amman. She has been involved in setting up stem cell research in her
native Jordan, and is an influential speaker and writer on science and women in the
Arab world. On Feb 19th, at the end of her stay in Cambridge, she delivered a clear
and engaging lecture on Islam and evolution based on her experience of teaching
evolutionary biology to undergraduates in Jordan. The lecture and an interview with
Rana will become available on the Faraday media pages soon.
170 people attended a Faraday Day Course in Hereford on Saturday 28th
February, ranging in age from local 6th formers to retired professors. Local organiser
Don Langford writes: "We have had an overwhelmingly positive feed back from the
people who came. All the lecturers spoke very clearly and as one would expect
authoritatively. Out in the sticks we do get rather starved of intellectual imput... it was
marvellous to hearing the speakers say 'there just been an interesting paper
published...'. Being at the cutting edge of research and intellectual endeavour was
very stimulating...we shall be talking about this day for some time."
Would you like to organise a Faraday Day Course in your local area? We can
work with you to plan it and help with everything from booking speakers to providing
a bookstall. If so contact Faraday Course Director, Hilary Marlow on

Other February news …
Bob White’s article ‘Unnatural Disasters’ was published in the February edition of
Third Way (pp.6-10). He spoke at a men’s breakfast in Sutton and at a Cambridge
Parks at One meeting, both on God and natural disasters.
Ruth Bancewicz’s latest book God in the Lab was officially launched in Cambridge
on 21st February, with contributor to the book, Prof Harvey McMahon, as guest
speaker. Copies are available for only £6 from our web shop here.
Lizzie Coyle worked with the LASAR project (Learning About Science and Religion)
to script and film a teaching video on evolution aimed at year