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The nature of infinity, 2

On Thursday, the first in a series of public discussions on scientific topics was put on by an organisation called Mass Interaction (the name comes from a statement by Richard Feynman that “all mass is interaction”). John Barrow and I … Continue reading

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The nature of infinity

If you are in London next Thursday, 3 November, and at a loose end in the evening, you might like to come along to an event where John Barrow and I will discuss “The nature of infinity”. The event is … Continue reading

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Best of Horizon

The BBC have put a selection of the best programmes from 50 years of Horizon on the iPlayer, at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b006mgxf It includes To Infinity and Beyond. So another chance to take a look! Thanks to Ben for the information.

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The Infinite Quest

In late May, I was in Hay-on-Wye at the How the Light Gets In festival. I talked about humanity’s engagement with infinity over the last few millennia, from Malunkyaputta’s questions to the Buddha and Aristotle’s disavowal of a completed infinity … Continue reading

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Busy times, 7: How the light gets in

It’s that time of year again, so off to Hay-on-Wye for How the Light Gets In. The festival has grown; I was told that ticket sales are up 50% on last year. Certainly my participation in it has grown: like … Continue reading

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Overload

Today is a bank holiday (even here in Scotland). I am sitting at home working. I have fallen so far behind that there is no alternative. Part of the trouble is that, over the next few months, I am giving … Continue reading

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How the light gets in, 2014

Last year, I went to the festival How the Light Gets In in Hay-on-Wye, where I took part in a couple of panel discussions. It was a lovely day out, which I described here. At this year’s festival in late … Continue reading

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Note on infinity

A common caricature of the view of the mediaeval scholastics is that they wondered whether the number of angels who can dance on the head of a pin is infinite or not. In fact, this calumny was invented much later. … Continue reading

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How some light got in

By some terrible misunderstanding, I only got to spend one day at the “How the light gets in” festival in Hay-on-Wye. Next year, I will have to organise things better! A music and philosophy festival, it certainly lived up to … Continue reading

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How the light gets in

How the light gets in describes itself as a “festival of philosophy and music”; it takes place in Hay-on-Wye in late May and early June this year. By some fortunate combination of circumstances, it happens that I will be taking … Continue reading

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