Join Professor Tom McLeish as he delivers his second lecture as Canon Scientist. 

This talk will explore some of the theological reasons for doing science, as formulated by the great 13th century medieval thinker, Robert Grosseteste (c.1175 – 1253). Before being appointed bishop of Lincoln in 1235, Grosseteste wrote treatises on Light, the Cosmos, Colour, the Generation of Sound, Comets, and Rainbows. This talk will touch upon these theories whilst also considering Grosseteste’s original ‘Big Bang’ theory for the origin of the universe and his three-dimensional colour theory. Professor Tom McLeish will aim to show that, although written over 800 years ago, Grosseteste’s ideas can be helpful for the Church today, particularly as it works to support and use science as a gift.

When | Wednesday 16 November, 7.30 - 9pm

Where | Alban Room & Online via Zoom Webinar

Speaker | Professor Tom McLeish, Canon Scientist and Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of York

Cost | £10 (£6 students)

About Professor Tom McLeish

Professor Tom McLeish, FRS, is currently the Canon Scientist at St Albans Cathedral. In addition to being a Fellow of the Royal Society, Tom is the inaugural Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Department of Physics at the University of York and is also affiliated to the University’s Centre for Medieval Studies. His most recent books, ‘Faith and Wisdom in Science’ and ‘Let There Be Science’ support his work co-leading the major project Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science, which was recognised by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lanfranc Award in 2018.

Joining Options

This talk will be live for both in-person and online audiences. If you cannot attend on the night, please purchase an online ticket to receive access to a recording. Joining details will be sent out after 12pm on the afternoon of the talk. 

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