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Christopher Southgate

The Limits of Science: A Poet’s Perspective

Birmingham 2016

For many, poetry and the natural sciences will seem strange bedfellows. The lecture will explore what types of relationship they can have – from similarity of technique to complementarity of observation. Poetry can also be playful against the seriousness of science; it can reveal hidden human stories behind scientific breakthroughs; it can act prophetically to warn of the technological implications of scientific advance. The lens of poetry is therefore one that can begin to disclose something of the Conference theme of the limits of science., in ways that are profoundly charged theologically. The lecture will include readings from poets such as Gerard Manley Hopkins. Miroslav Holub and R.S. Thomas, as well as from the lecturer’s own work.