Is Science the New Religion?

A session at QED 2013

Saturday 13th April, 2013

2:00pm to 2:50pm (GMT)

Is science a threat to democracy? Are we elevating science beyond its paygrade? The battlelines are set for what promises to be a very lively debate with our panellists, Jeff Forshaw, professor at the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester; Brendan O’Neill, blogger with the Daily Telegraph and editor of Spiked-online.com; Helen Czerski, physicist and oceanographer; Robin Ince, comedian and science evangelist; and chaired by QED’s Geoff Whelan.

About the speakers

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Robin Ince

Comedian; author of "Robin Ince's Bad Book Club"

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Jeffrey Forshaw

Professor at the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester

Jeff is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Manchester, specializing in the physics of elementary particles. He was awarded the Institute of Physics Maxwell Medal in 1999 for outstanding contributions to theoretical physics. He has collaborated with Professor Brian Cox on a number of publications, including the international bestsellers Why Does E=mc2 and The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen. If that wasn’t enough Jeff is also an occasional science columnist for the Guardian.

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Brendan O'Neill

Editor of Spiked; columnist for The Bit Issue, The Australian and Daily Telegraph

Brendan is the editor of Spiked, the magazine that wants to make history as well as report it. He is a columnist for The Big Issue in London and The Australian in, er, Australia. He also blogs for the Daily Telegraph and has written for a variety of publications in both Europe and America. He is the author of Can I Recycle My Granny And 39 Other Eco-Dilemmas and he is currently researching a book on snobbery.

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Helen Czerski

Physicist; Oceanographer; Television presenter

Helen is a physicist and oceanographer. She regularly gives talks around the country as well as working on several projects for television and radio, most recently appearing on Dara Ó Briain’s Science Club. She has also appeared in several documentaries for the BBC including Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey, Operation Iceberg and The Transit of Venus part of the Horizon strand.

She is currently working on her own series on bubbles to be broadcast on BBC4 in 2013. Helen is also Honorary President of Winchester Skeptics.

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Geoff Whelan


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QED 2013

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Time 2:00pm2:50pm GMT

Date Sat 13th April 2013


The Douglas Adams Room, Mercure Manchester Piccadilly

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  • The Quantum Universe
  • Robin Ince's Bad Book Club
  • Why Does E=mc2?

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