Lecture by Dr. Philip Ball: The Water Kingdom
|Waar:||Zernikezaal, Academy Building|
On 9 April 2015 the Groningen Confucius Institute (CEASG partner) organizes a lecture by Dr. Philip Ball: 'The Water Kingdom'.
The institute has invited Dr. Ball to give a lecture to share his insights about the role of water, one of the most constant, significant and illumination themes among the turbulent and often confusing currents of Chinese history and culture. Not only does water play a central part in Chinese philosophy, history, politics, administration, economics and art; but these roles are intimately connected to a degree unmatched anywhere else in the world. For this reason, it is not simply the case that all these facets of Chinese culture become easier to understand when the role of water is recognised. Rather, it can be concluded that many of them are likely to remain strange, opaque or alien unless their connection with water is understood.
Philip Ball is an author and science writer, and former editor for the science journal Nature. He has written for many publications, including the Guardian, the New York Times, Prospect magazine, New Scientist and The Times. His books include H2O: A Biography of Water, Critical Mass (which won the 2005 Aventis Prize for Science books), The Music Instinct and most recently, Invisible. He graduated in Chemistry from the University of Oxford, and has a PhD from the University of Bristol.