Saturday 1 October 2011, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall
One Culture: the Royal Society Festival of Literature and the Arts
Organised by the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature
Gillian Beer and Eva Hoffman
Chaired by John D. Barrow
‘If you knew Time as well as I do,’ the Mad Hatter says to Alice, ‘you wouldn’t talk about wasting it. It’s him.’
In this event, three writers well-acquainted with time discuss how it (or he) both controls and captivates us.
Dame Gillian Beer FBA, King Edward VII Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge and a leading figure at the interface between science and literature, will shortly publish a study of time in the Alice books. Writer and academic Eva Hoffman’s highly-praised work Time (2009) has been described as ‘a radical exploration of our relationship with life’s most ineffable element’. Professor John D. Barrow FRS is Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge, an expert on space and time, and the author of The Book of Universes (2011) and the play Infinities.
This event costs £4 per person.
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