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Most of these events coincide with the publication of The Water Book. Buy tickets on the festival or institution websites, via the links below.

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How The Light Gets In

I'm chairing a few events at the How The Light Gets In festival in Hay-on-Wye over the weekend of May 29:

It's an Immaterial World

Friday May 29, 2015, 5:30pm
Venue: Globe Hall

Speakers: Peter Atkins, Hilary Lawson, Tara Shears. 
Once it was atoms, now we think the building blocks of creation are subatomic particles. But physicists argue these particles are mere packets of energy. Are there no material things left in the universe? Is our world built from immaterial fantasies or do we need material substance after all?

Eminent Oxford chemist Peter Atkins, CERN particle physicist Tara Shears and Closure theorist Hilary Lawson go in search of the ultimate nature of things.        



The Dance of Time

Saturday May 30, 2015, 12pm
Venue: International

Speakers: Julian Barbour, Joseph Diekemper, Joanna Kavenna, Bernard Stiegler. 
Since we can't directly access the past or the future, the present seems to be all we've got. Yet Derrida denied the existence of the present. And physicists argue the present has no special status. Is the present an illusion? Or do we find in the present everything that is of value?

French philosopher Bernard Stiegler, author of The End of Time Julian Barbour, novelist Joanna Kavenna and metaphysician Joseph Diekemper examine the present.



Unnatural Laws

Saturday May 30, 2015, 4pm
Venue: International tent

Speakers: Nancy Cartwright, John Ellis, Rupert Sheldrake. 
From Newton's laws to E=mc2, we think we have uncovered the secrets of the universe. But some claim these laws evolve and others point to their human and cultural origins. Might eternal natural laws be human hubris? Or is the mind of God in our grasp?

CERN physicist and coiner of the term 'Theory of Everything' John Ellis, author of The Science Delusion Rupert Sheldrake and American philosopher of physics Nancy Cartwright debate the sacred assumption of science.



Earlier Event: May 28
Royal Institution
Later Event: June 7
Cheltenham Science Festival