• A Festival of Ideas
  • May 2 - 5, 2024
  • Guelph

The 2013 Guelph Lecture—On Being Canadian

As an eminent writer and theoretical physicist, Lee Smolin believes in the power of science to imagine new futures for humanity. In an introduction to an art book, he wrote: “In the practice of [visual art and science] we see that craft and imagination, tradition and novelty, pleasure and rigor are not opposed but allied, as indeed they must be if they are to be used to attain the discovery of new insights. For this reason both visual art and science continually expand our understanding of what we human beings are capable of.” Smolin was the keynote speaker at the November 8th event, which also featured a presentation by author Karen Houle, and music from Ambre McLean, and Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk.

View the 2013 Program PDF


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