Novelist, poet and Booker Prize winner Ben Okri and neuroscientist Nancy Rothwell FRS explore the concept of beauty in art, literature, science and life. Can the way scientists work be described as beautiful, and can art and literature be enriched by scientific knowledge? Is there an aesthetic appeal in scientific endeavour as distinct from achievement, and is this true also for art and literature? Is there a universal law of aesthetics that can be of value to us all? The conversation will be chaired by Daniel Glaser, a brain scientist with a particular interest in the way experience, prejudice and expectation alter the way we see the world. Glaser is a former scientist-in-residence at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Organised in partnership with the Royal Society of Literature