Robert Boyle Summer School: The Who, Why & What of Scientific Discovery
Paul Strathern is a British writer and academic who has also written numerous books on science, philosophy, history, literature, medicine and economics. He will discuss the How, Who & What of Scientific Discovery
Paul was born in London, and studied at Trinity College, Dublin, has lectured in philosophy and mathematics and is a Somerset Maugham Prize–winning novelist. Besides five novels, he is the author of two successful series of short introductory books: Philosophers in 90 Minutes and The Big Idea: Scientists Who Changed the World. His book on the history of chemistry entitled Mendeleyev's Dream (2001) was short-listed for the Aventis Prize, and his works have been translated into over two dozen languages. He is the author of the best-selling The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance, Napoleon in Egypt, and The Artist, the Philosopher and the Warrior: Leonardo, Machiavelli and Borgia - a fateful collusion (2009) and The Spirit of Venice: from Marco Polo to Casanova (2012). He extended the Philosophers in 90 Minutes format to writers including Joyce and Beckett. His most recent works are The Periodic Table and "Quacks, Rogues and Charlatans" (both 2015).Strathern was a lecturer at Kingston University, where he taught philosophy and mathematics.
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