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Altered States: what happens when we tell stories about science?

Imperial College LSE Literary Festival event

Is truth a casualty in the stories we tell about science? Is there a conflict between narrative truth and historical truth? Can fiction illuminate scientific themes? What are the challenges of presenting scientific topics in the media? How do scientists tell stories to raise capital?

Greg Artus lectures in politics, philosophy and business ethics at Imperial College. His research interests include the nature of human action and perception, and the work of Wittgenstein and Heidegger.

Aifric Campbell is a writer and former investment banker at Morgan Stanley. Her latest novel On the Floor was longlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize. She teaches at Imperial College.

Armand Leroi is a writer, broadcaster and professor of evolutionary developmental biology at Imperial College. His documentaries for BBC include What Darwin Didn’t Know, Aristotle’s Lagoon and Darwin’s Tunes.

Tim Besley is School Professor of Economics and Political Science at LSE.

Roger Kneebone is professor of surgical education at Imperial College. He is a clinician and educationalist who leads a multidisciplinary research group at Imperial College. Roger has an international profile as an academic and innovator and is a 2011 National Teaching Fellow. In 2013 Roger will take up a prestigious Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowship.

Nick Russell was a college science lecturer, freelance journalist, and vocational science curriculum developer before organizing and teaching postgraduate science communication programmes at Birkbeck College and Imperial College. He was head of Department of Humanities at Imperial College before he retired and is now emeritus reader in Science Communication at Imperial College.

This event forms part of LSE's 5th Space for Thought Literary Festival|, taking place from Tuesday 25 February - Saturday 2 March 2013, with the theme 'Branching Out'.

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Greg Artus | talks
Professor Tim Besley | talks
Aifric Campbell | talks
Prof Roger Kneebone | talks
Professor Armand Leroi | talks | www
Chair: Dr Nick Russell | talks


Date and Time:

27 February 2013 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Wolfson Theatre
New Academic Building
London School of Economics and Political Science

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London School of Economics & Political Science
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