Join Anita Anand as she meets three remarkable minds: Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, nanotechnologist Alec Broers, and former supreme Court Justice Jonathan Sumption.
For more than seventy years, the BBC’s annual Reith Lectures have stood at the summit of British intellectual thought, advancing a universal truth that we forget at our peril: ideas have the power to change the world.
In this event, the BBC’s Anita Anand brings together three former Reith Lecturers – world-leading thinkers in the fields of science, technology and the law – to reflect on the state of the world and where we are headed.
Cosmologist and former President of the Royal Society Baron Martin Rees will explore trust in 21st century science. As public confusion around issues such as climate change and vaccination safety lead to crises across the globe, what role should scientists play in explaining the risks we face?
This year’s Reith Lecturer, former Supreme Court Justice Jonathan Sumption, will consider how the decline of politics and the rise of law to fill the void serves to reduce our liberty. Has our desire for security and less risk undermined our freedom?
And nanotechnology expert and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge Alec Broers will reflect on the role technology will play in reshaping the human species. Humankind has depended on technology since the dawn of civilization. But can society cope with the newest cascade of technological advances?
Join us for a remarkable gathering of three of the most original and influential thinkers of our time.
Remarkable Minds: A Celebration of the Reith Lectures (Headline, £20) comes out on 22 August.