Reilly Center Lecture - Tom McLeish


Location: 310 DeBartolo

FaIth and Wisdom in Science


In search of a healthy public narrative for science, this lecture suggests that Old Testament Wisdom literature, taken alongside the human practice of science today, represents an untapped theological resource that the church needs to engage with science and technology based issues. Our principal text is the Book of Job. Motivating a move from 'Theology and Science' to 'Theology of Science', we draw out the consequences of a framework for science as participatory reconciliation between humans and the natural world.

Tom McLeish is a physicist at Durham University, UK specialising in soft matter, rheology and biological physics. He is a theoretician, but has always worked closely with experimentalists, industrial scientists and has run several large interdisciplinary teams. Current research focuses on functional protein dynamics.

He is also a co-investigator in research programmes into public engagement with responsible innovation, medieval science, and theology of science.

After a degree, PhD and post-doctoral research at Cambridge, he was a lecturer in physics at Sheffield University from 1989. From 1993 to 2008 he was Professor of Polymer Physics at Leeds University, concurrently Director of the IRC in Polymer Science and Technology from 2003.

He is an awardee of the Weissenberg Medal and Bingham Medal from the European Society of Rheology and Society of Rheology and was elected to the Royal Society in 2011. From 2008-2014 he served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Durham. In 2014 OUP published his book 'Faith and Wisdom in Science'.  Books will be available for purchase.