Religion and Science
Jonathan Sacks, Marcus du Sautoy
The Great Partnership: God, Science and the Search for Meaning by Jonathan Sacks was the starting point for a conversation between the Chief Rabbi and mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, chaired by Daniel Glaser. They explored the sometimes fraught relationship between religion and science in different cultures but more specifically discussed belief and scepticism, open-mindedness and intolerance to the challenge of the other or the unknown. The Chief Rabbi and the atheist mathematician found they have more in common than expected.
Marcus du Sautoy
Jonathan Sacks is a global religious leader and philosopher, sits in the House of Lords, and is the author of 25 books and the recipient of many international prizes. He is currently Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University and Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University. He is also Professor of Law, Ethics and the Bible at King’s College London. He served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth between September 1991 and September 2013. Image c. Blake Ezra
Marcus du Sautoy OBE is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. In 2008 he was appointed as the Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science. In 2009 The Royal Society awarded him the Faraday Prize for excellence in communicating science to the public and in 2010 he received an OBE from the Queen for his services to science. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016. He lives in London.
Daniel Glaser is a neuroscientist, currently Director of the Science Gallery at King’s College, London. He was previously Head of Engaging Science at the Wellcome Trust and was a 2014 judge of the Man Booker Prize.