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18:00 - 19:30 20 March 2014

How universities can help create a wiser world


Room 106 | Roberts Building (link Map)
Malet Place | London | WC1E 7JE | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Nick Maxwell, Emeritus Reader in History and Philosophy of Science, Dept of Science & Technology Studies and author of How universities can help create a wiser world: The urgent need for an academic revolution. (1st ed.). Imprint Academic: Exeter.

In order to make progress towards a better world we need to learn how to do it. And for that we need institutions of learning rationally designed and devoted to helping us solve our global problems, make progress towards a better world. It is just this that we lack at present. Our universities pursue knowledge. They are neither designed nor devoted to helping humanity learn how to tackle global problems — problems of living — in more intelligent, humane and effective ways.

Scientific knowledge and technological know-how have unquestionably brought great benefits to humanity. But they have also made possible even caused our current global crises, above all the impending crisis of global warming.

Responses from Alan Sokal, (Professor of Mathematics, UCL and Professor of Physics, New York University) and Philip Ball (freelance science writer).

Followed by a book signing and drinks reception supported by Imprint Academic.

Event organised by UCL Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing.


Kasia Diez
+44 (0)20 7679 8585 | k.diez@ucl.ac.uk


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