All posts tagged: science

Pascal

Pascal’s jottings in defence of Christianity turns 350

Mathematician, physicist, inventor, religious controversialist, literary author: in a brief life terminated by a lingering, debilitating illness, Blaise Pascal (1623–62) was nothing if not multi-talented. As the curator of rare books at Senate House Library, I think of Pascal primarily in terms of mathematics, says Dr Karen Attar.

Covid-19

Encountering Covid-19: lessons from languages

As increasing numbers of epidemiologists and journalists highlight the UK government’s consistently missed opportunities to tackle the spread of Covid-19, Dr Joseph Ford, early career researcher at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, wonders why questions about the role of language and narrativisation have yet to be asked.

Climate

Climate change: our planet and health are under serious threat

To protect people from the impact of climate change and bring about transformation, we need educational institutions to train a new breed of policymakers, managers and scientists who can ‘steer this planet towards less emissions and less waste, while creating new jobs and reducing poverty’, says Dr Rolph Payet, United Nations executive secretary for the […]

Let’s talk about the science of belief

Image: Étienne Delaune (c. 1518–1583), Plate 14 from the series The Genesis showing the building of the Tower of Babel. Engraving, 1550–1572. © The Trustees of the British Museum Ahead of their sell-out live discussion at the British Museum on 26 January scientists Sir Colin Blakemore and Professor Tom McLeish, examine what the cognitive impetus which drove the emergence […]

The highways of culture, the pathways of the mind

Professor Manos Tsakiris, a world expert on psychology and cognitive neurosciences, introduces the interdisciplinary ‘Body and Image in Arts and Sciences (BIAS)’ project. Based at the Warburg Institute, part of the School of Advanced Study, University of London, it was launched in September 2016, thanks to a generous award from the NOMIS Foundation.

Can arts and culture boost the nation’s health?

Dr Daisy Fancourt (above), an early-career scientist, talks about her research which focuses on the effects of arts participation on health, the use of the arts within clinical settings, and the psychosocial impact of cultural engagement at an individual and public health level. She is one of the ten 2017 New Generation Thinkers whose research […]