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A postal address should be the last word in objective reality. But address is part of identity, and identity is something we make up as we go along. Literature, film and theatre too, play a part in putting us in our place.
Tim Radford is the critically acclaimed author of The Address Book: our place in the scheme of things. He was born in New Zealand and educated at Sacred Heart College, Auckland. He joined the New Zealand Herald as a reporter at 16, and moved to the UK in 1961. Apart from a brief spell as a Whitehall information officer, he has spent all his life in newspaper journalism. In particular, he worked for The Guardian for 32 years, becoming - among other things - letters editor, arts editor, literary editor and science editor. He won the Association of British Science Writers award for science writer of the year four times and has lectured on science and the media in the UK and internationally. He has also written for The Lancet, New Scientist, the London Review of Books and many other journals.
'The Address Book: Our Place in the Scheme of Things ' is available for sale on the Foyles bookstore website.
Saturday 1 October 2011, 11:45am - 12:45amKohn Centre, the Royal Society.
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