The lagoon: How Aristotle invented science

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 3 September

The Theatre

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  • Starfish in a lagoon on Pom Pom island

    Starfish in lagoon on Pom Pom Island, Sabah

    Credit: Profmauri via Wikimedia Commons


Standard £12

Concession £8

Associate £6

Free to Members, Faraday Members and Fellows

Event description

Aristotle was one of the greatest philosophers in the history of Western thought. But he was also a scientist - the first.

More than 2,000 years ago, by the shores of a lagoon on a Greek island, he began to examine the natural world as no-one had before him, and so laid the foundations of biology. Join Armand Leroi, Professor of Evolutionary Developmental Biology, to explore Aristotle's science - its genius, its errors and its lessons for 21st century science.

About the speaker

Armand Marie Leroi is Professor of Evolutionary Developmental Biology at Imperial College London as well as an award-winning author and broadcaster.

As well as presenting successful documentaries on Channel 4 and BBC4, including ‘What Darwin didn't know’, he has written ‘Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human Body’. His new book ‘The lagoon: How Aristotle invented science’ will be published this August.

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