27 May 2016

THE CITY OF LIGHT

Sarah Bakewell and Steve Jones with Michael Farthing
8:00pm Tickets £14

Paris has been, at different times, the world capital of science and philosophy. Geneticist Steve Jones focuses on Paris in the revolutionary period, when the science was as groundbreaking as the politics. The revolutionaries were instrumental in founding modern physics, chemistry and biology as well as liberté, egalité and fraternité.  Biographer Sarah Bakewell focuses on the birth of existentialism in Paris in the 20th century. It is the story of thinkers, writers, artists and lovers, including Sartre, de Beauvoir and Camus, who tackled questions of existence against a backdrop of rebellion, war, resistance and liberation. Chaired by Michael Farthing, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex.

Supported by Sotheby’s

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