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Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 6 - June 2006

The Faraday Course Programme for 2007 is being finalised and by later on this year we hope to have a single poster with all the Course details listed for the year. In the interim the Course details will be going up on our web-site as they become available ( For your diary here are the important dates and topics:

Short Course no. 4:

5-7 Jan 2007 Introduction to Science and Religion Westminster College

Short Course no. 5:

30 March - 1 April Science and Religion for Teachers Westminster College

Short Course no. 6:

18-20 May 2007 God and Physics    Wolfson College

Summer Course no. 2:

20 July-2 August 2007      St Edmund's College

Short Course no. 7:

14-16 Sept 2007 God and Evolution    Westminster College

Short Course no. 8:

6-8 Nov 2007  Church leaders course  Wolfson College

 There are also still some places left on the two remaining Short Courses for 2006:

Short Course no. 2:

22-24 Sep. 2006 Science, Faith and Society   Westminster College

Short Course no. 3:

7-9 Nov. 2006  Church leaders course    Wolfson College

 Whilst Cambridge University goes into research, vacation and travel mode for the summer months, the Faraday Institute is about to embark on its busiest month so far with the Summer Course taking place at St. Edmund's College from 16-29 July. With both one-week Units completely full, we look forward to welcoming delegates from a very wide range of countries and disciplines. The Course involves an international team of 30 different speakers giving a total of 50 lectures, all of which will soon be available in CD, DVD and web-based formats. We have an agreement with a DVD production company that will produce the CDs and DVDs of the lectures by the end of the week in which the lecture is given, and we are making these available at cost price to encourage worldwide distribution. So if you see a lecturer plus lecture title that seems interesting to you (see the Courses Folder for full programme details), please do place your advance order with Bekki Pearce at, or e-mail Bekki for further details of prices etc. 

 Our Faraday Research Seminar series finished the term with a flourish and a packed seminar room to listen to Prof. Peter Lipton, Head of Dept. and Professor of History and Philosophy of Science here at Cambridge, speaking on the topic 'Science and Religion: Belief or Commitment?' Our next term's Research Seminar schedule is already full, and we look forward to hearing seminars by Prof. Roger Trigg, Dr Roger Barker, Prof. Martin Rudwick and the Revd Dr Fraser Watts. Those in the Cambridge area might also like to note in their diaries next term's CiS - Faraday Lecture to be given by Dr Graeme Finlay from Auckland University, New Zealand, on the subject 'Human Genetics and the Image of God' in Queen's Lecture Theatre, Emmanuel College on Tuesday, November 7th 2006 at 5.30 p.m.

 This has been a busy month for Faraday Staff with lectures and conference presentations. Jason Rampelt presented some of his research on the Oxford mathematician, John Wallis (1616-1703), at the History of Philosophy of Science Society meeting in Paris. The paper, entitled "John Wallis, Francisco Suarez, and the 'conceptus inadaequati'" was part of a symposium which he organized, "The Life and Soul of English Natural Philosophy, 1640-1690". Dr. Rampelt also presented a paper on Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882-1944), the British astronomer, at a conference entitled "New Approaches to Science and Religion--20th Century" organized by Nicolaas Rupke and held at the Institute for the History of Science at Gottingen University in Germany.

 Evolutionary biology seems to have been the main, though not the only, theme of the Director's invited lectures over the past month, with a talk on the 'Historical Background to the Science-Religion Debate' at the Templeton Journalists' Course, Queen's College, Cambridge on 5 June; a Sermon in the Cambridge University Church (Great St. Mary's) entitled 'Why Are Christians Passionate Darwinians?' on 11 June; a public lecture at the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity entitled  'What about Darwin? Diverse Christian Responses to Evolutionary Biology' on 19 June; and a talk on evolution at a Muslim-Christian Dialogue on Science and Religion Workshop held at Harris-Manchester College, Oxford University on 28 June.

 We look forward to meeting many recipients of this newsletter at the Faraday Summer Course, and if it has not been possible for you to attend this one, then we do hope that it might be possible for you to attend one of our future Courses.

Best wishes,

Denis Alexander   [Director, Faraday Institute]    

Bob White [Associate Director]