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Battle of the Sciences Panel Debate

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  • UserDr Peter Wothers Teaching Fellow, Dept. Chemistry, Cambridge Prof. Chris Ponting MRC, Oxford Professor of Genomics, MSc Physics Prof. Hasok Chang History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge Prof. John Ockendon Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied
  • ClockThursday 28 October 2010, 19:30-21:30
  • HouseMcCrum Lecture Theatre, Ben'et Street, Next to the Eagle Pub.

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The Triple Helix, Cambridge presents,

“Battle of the Sciences” A panel debate exploring the nature of the division between the scientific disciplines.

Thursday 28th October, 7.30pm. McCrum Lecture Theatre, Ben’et Street (next to The Eagle pub).

Free Entry. No Membership Required, Just Enthusaism. Free Refreshments will be provided.

“Maths isn’t useful unless it’s applied” “The only Physics worth doing is Chemistry” “Biology is the only science you can see” “Curing cancer is more important than smashing particles together” “Theoretical science is useless” “A broader scientific education is better”

Do you agree?

Our panel will be discussing the stereotype of the science hierarchy ie. that Physics is better/harder/”purer” than Chemistry, which is in turn better/harder/”purer” than Biology, how science historically evolved into the seperate disciplines and exploring the cultural differences between the disciplines- what are the problems switching between them? Are there problems with research being “lost in translation”?

Our panel line up will include:

Dr Peter Wothers Teaching Fellow, Dept. Chemistry, Cambridge

Prof. Chris Ponting MRC , Oxford Professor of Genomics, MSc Physics

Prof. Hasok Chang History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge

Prof. John Ockendon Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Hear the experts, Join our debate, Have YOUR say.

Kindly Sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry, who will be represented at the event.

This talk is part of the The Triple Helix Lecture Series series.

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