What is chaos? What is infinity? Can machines think? The links between science and philosophy are broad and deep, extending well beyond the obvious overlaps in logic, artificial intelligence, and ethics. Some of the greatest philosophers of the past - from Aristotle to Newton - are now known as scientists. Sir Isaac Newton's first book, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, outlines this everlasting relationship between science and philosophy which can still be seen today.
This taster day provides an opportunity to find out more about how science and philosophy intertwine. More specifically it will look at how computer science, physics, and mathematics all have one thing in common: philosophy. The day will consist of lectures and college tours, as well as advice on the Oxford application process. Speakers will include University of Oxford lecturers and there'll be the chance to meet current Oxford students. This event is ideal for those considering applying to start a course in Autumn 2017 or later in either
- Maths and Philosophy
- Physics and Philosophy
- Computer Science and Philosophy
It is also aimed at those with a passion for Mathematics, but who are undecided about what to study at university; and those who already have an interest in any of the subjects mentioned, and would like to find out more. The day is open to high-performing students in years 11-12 at UK schools. Students should be taking (or planning to take) A-level Maths or equivalent, and Further Maths is highly recommended.