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What is life? An evening with Sir Paul Nurse

8 August 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sir Paul Nurse delivers an RSE signature event, considering the question ‘What is life?’ by discussing five great ideas of biology.

Nobel prize-winner, Sir Paul Nurse has spent his scientific career revealing the inner workings of living cells. In his recent bestselling book, he takes on the challenge of engaging with potentially the most important question in science: ‘What is life?’

Exploring five great ideas that underpin biology – the cell, the gene, evolution by natural selection, life as chemistry, and life as information – Sir Paul Nurse sets a course towards formulating a definition of life.

You are invited to join this distinguished RSE signature lecture to delve into the contents and concepts in this acclaimed book with Sir Paul Nurse.

Embark on a journey that spans microbiology, chemistry, physics, zoology, and philosophy as we grapple with this profound question.


8 August 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


The Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 2PQ United Kingdom
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0131 240 5000

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