Debates about the welfare cuts, David Beckham's philosophical awakening, the future of literature and quotas for women business leaders head the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, which launches on Wednesday.
A philosopher, a scientist and a software engineer have come together to propose a new centre at Cambridge to address developments in human technologies that might pose “extinction-level” risks to our species, from biotechnology to artificial intelligence.
From the elixirs of legend to transmutation of base metals into gold, medieval medical practice and social mobility were steeped in alchemy.
A University of Cambridge academic is to describe how the insights of a great nineteenth century French mathematician and theoretical physicist transformed our ideas about the geometry of space.
“Hell is other people,” wrote Jean-Paul Sartre. His rival on the stage of occupied and post-war Paris was Albert Camus (“I am the world”). The two fell out but remained entangled. A book by Cambridge academic Andy Martin – The Boxer and the Goalkeeper – is an excursion into the worlds of the Frenchmen synonymous with existentialism and absurdism.