Philosophy Plus Science Taster Day

Event date
Event time
9:45 - 16:45
Mathematical Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Woodstock Road
Event cost
Target audience
Age range
Age 15-16 (year 11), Age 16-17 (year 12)
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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 book, Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica (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, how Computer Science, Physics, and Mathematics all have one thing in common: Philosophy. This event is an opportunity for students who are considering applying for a joint degree in these subjects, and want to find out more.

This event is open to high-achieving year 11 and 12 students from UK schools. (Year 13 students taking a gap year, who will be applying for 2021 university admission are also welcome.) Students should be taking, or planning on taking Maths A-level (or equivalent), and expect to receive at least an A grade in it. Students taking Further Maths A-level are particularly welcome, as are those taking Physics A-level. Attendees should be considering applying to university.