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Physics and Faith: Exploring the Interface

Darwin College: November 25, 2017

Deadline for applications: November 1, 2017

Aim of Course

This one-day course will explore a number of different areas of modern physics that raise important questions for humankind and for Christian theology. For example: how do the latest findings in cosmology and particle physics inform theology?  What does quantum physics tell us about the nature of reality?  What are the ethical and theological implications of nanoscience and nanotechnology?  What does physics tell us about evolution?  Lectures will be delivered by experienced scientists and theologians, with plenty of time for discussion. As with all Faraday courses, this weekend is aimed towards thinking people from a variety of backgrounds, both scientists and non-scientists. 

The course is limited to 50 places and there is a first come first served for dinner (see supplement rate) which inculdes after-dinner guest speaker, Professor Mathias Klaui from University of Mainz.

The course is non-residential so please do make your own arrangements however we can provide a list of possible options for your own arrangements.

Full rate: £50 day (or £90 including dinner)

Student rate: £25 day (or £50 including dinner)

Deposit £25

Confirmed speaker include Professor Andrew Briggs, Professor Russell Cowburn FRS, and Revd Dr Rodney Holder with further information available soon.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

See multimedia items for this course or click on specific talk title in the course schedule to see available resources for that talk.

Click on a speaker's name to obtain brief biographical details.


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Course Schedule

9.00 amRegistration
Saturday November 25
9.30 amWelcome and Introductions
9.40 amProf. Andrew Briggs: Is reality really real?
10.20 amQuestions and Discussion
10.35 amCoffee Break
10.50 amProf. Mathias Klaui: Technology for a Sustainable Future
11.30 amQuestions and Discussion
11.45 amDr Suchitra Sebastian: Surviving academia and finding God's design for my life
12.10 pmDr Ruth Bancewicz: Test of Faith
12.30 pmLunch
1.15 pmRevd Dr Rodney Holder: Cosmology, Theology and the Anthropic Principle
1.55 pmQuestions and Discussion
2.10 pmBreak
2.30 pmProf. Russell Cowburn FRS: The God of Small Things: Nanotechnology and Creation
3.10 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.25 pmTea Break
3.50 pmPanel Discussion with Speakers
4.45 pmClosing remarks
5.00 pmDepart
6.30 pmDrinks
7.00 pmDinner
8.00 pmAfter Dinner Talk : Prof. Mathias Klaui
9.00 pmEnd of Day