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How Occam’s Razor Set Science Free And Unlocked The Universe
Prof. Johnjoe McFadden's new book,Life is Simple highlights the role of simplicity in science, and in particular its favourite tool, Occam’s razor. We begin in the turbulent times of the medieval friar, William of Occam, who first articulated the principle that the best answer to any problem is the simplest. This theory, known as Occam’s razor, cut through the thickets of medieval metaphysics to clear a path for modern science.
In the book, Professor McFadden follows the razor in the hands of the giants of science, from Copernicus, to Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Einstein, Rubin and Higgs. Its success suggests that we live in the simplest possible habitable universe and supports the revolutionary theory that our cosmos has evolved.
SPEAKER Prof. Johnjoe McFadden graduated with a degree in Biochemistry from Bedford College, University of London and then went to do a Phd on fungal virus genetics working with Ken Buck at Imperial College. He then went on to his first post-doc at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School with Professor Bob Williamson on human genetics.
His work eventually took him on to the University of Surrey where he gained a lectureship in Molecular Microbiology working first on paratuberculosis in cows and humans, then tuberculosis and meningococcal meningitis in humans. His group now specializes in using systems-based approaches to study infectious disease.
We will open the meeting from 7pm so people can settle in, chat etc. There will be a break between talk and Q&A when people can chat etc. It's not the same as live but closer than I thought
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