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British Library Lecture: Two Views of Creation: Milton and Darwin With Nobel Laureate Sir Paul Nurse

decoration14 Nov. 2017
One of Darwin’s favourite works of literature was Paradise Lost. He carried a well-worn copy of Milton’s epic masterpiece on his voyage around the world in the HMS Beagle. Self-proclaimed fan of both, Nobel Laureate Sir Paul Nurse, compares their contrasting views of the origins of biological diversity and explores creative approaches in both science and the humanities. 

He is joined in conversation by Professor Karen Edwards and Andrew Dickson as the British Library and Francis Crick Institute team up to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the publication of Paradise Lost.

Sir Paul Nurse is a geneticist whose work focuses on what controls the division and shape of cells. He was Professor of Microbiology, University of Oxford, CEO of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and Cancer Research UK and President of Rockefeller University New York.  He is currently Director and Chief Executive of the Francis Crick Institute – Europe’s biggest biomedical research institute under one roof.  He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2001 and the Royal Society Copley Medal in 2005.

Karen Edwards is Professor of English at the University of Exeter. A specialist in the works of John Milton and the portrayal of the natural world in the literature of the 17th and 18th centuries, she is author of Milton and the Natural World (1999) and Milton’s Reformed Animals: An Early Modern Bestiary (2005–2009). 

Discussion chaired by Andrew Dickson, journalist, critic and author of The Rough Guide to Shakespeare and Worlds Elsewhere: Journeys Around Shakespeare's Globe (2015).

Presented in association with Milton’s Cottage Trust


14 Nov. 2017
96 Euston Road
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