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24 May - 10:37 am NZ
First broadcast January 2006
If science indicates that wars and murders are a natural phenomenon does this mean we should accept them as a part of our world? In Everything We Know, writer and comedian Jo Randerson looks at the lessons we can learn on the intersections of science, religion and art. (39′27″)
Physics was the beautiful girl in the class and Glenn Colquhoun was the boy who she refused to dance with. But he knew she would be hers one day. Today is that day. In Hunting the Metaphor Glenn Colquhoun remembers his own daunting dalliances with physics and performs a series of poems crafted around the equations that describe our universe. (44′37″)
The universe is not symmetrical and nor is common sense necessarily sensical - in Catalogue of the Universe, New Zealand's most loved children's author Margaret Mahy catalogues her own fascination with science and knowledge and investigates the illogic of fact, the boundaries of fact and fiction and of research and imagination. (43′57″)
Janet Frame once wondered why 'Heat, light and sound can't be the domain of writers and artists'. In this panel discussion artists and physicists discuss how and when they can and can't, and how art feeds science and science feeds art. (53′05″)
Produced by Phil Smith
A series of programmes arising from a collaboration between eminent New Zealand writers and physicists. The project is named Are Angels OK and is the work of The Royal Society, The MacDiarmid Institute and the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University.
The lectures were recorded in November 2005 by Radio New Zealand at the Te Papa Marae in Wellington.
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