West Midlands Prestige Lecture 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (BST)
Birmingham, United Kingdom
The limits of science
Does the scientific method have limits, or can it elucidate every possible question? There are those, like Peter Medawar, who argued that there are domains of human experience where its writ does not run. In this talk, Professor Atkins will argue the opposite: that the application of science is without limit, and that it can elucidate all the great questions of being. These include the origin of the universe, its purpose, the activities within it, its comprehensibility, and its destiny.
This year the West Midlands British Science Association Prestige Lecture will be given by Professor Peter Atkins. The talk will be based upon his recent book: On Being: A scientist's exploration of the great questions of existence
As well as several popular chemistry textbooks, Professor Atkins has written science books for the general public including Atkins' Molecules and Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science.
He is also a well-known atheist.
Seats are limited so we recommend you book early.
Image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
From M6, Junction 6 (Aston Expressway) – 3 miles
Follow signs to City centre, on the A38(M). After the first exit follow signs for Ring Road and Convention centre. You immediately come to Dartmouth Circus Roundabout. Take the first exit (Dartmouth Middleway, A4540). At the next island (Junction 15) take the second exit. Take the third exit at the next island on to Curzon Street. Millennium Point’s car park entrance is on right
From M5, Junction 3 (Hagley Road) – 9 miles
Follow A456 into Birmingham for approximately 6 miles, through the tunnel at Five Ways, onto Broad Street. Follow signs for A38 (Aston Expressway) onto Great Charles Street Queensway. Proceed under the tunnel at St Chad’s Queensway. Indicate left as you exit and go down to the island at the bottom. Take third exit onto James Watt Queensway. Take the second exit (Chapel Street) and follow the road round onto Bartholomew Street. Take a left onto the next junction at Albert Street, which becomes Curzon Street. The car park entrance is on your left.
From M42, Junction 6 (Coventry Road) – 11 miles
Follow A45 City Centre approximately for 7 miles. You will then reach a large traffic island (Bordesley Circus). Follow signs for M6 into Watery Lane Middleway. Continue to follow signs for the M6 through the first traffic island. At the next island, take the first exit onto Curzon Street. Millennium Point’s car park entrance is on right.
Walking Route from Central Shopping Area – 10 minutes
Follow the pedestrian walkway as shown in green on the map.
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British Science Association Midlands Region
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