1031 INTER-CONNECTEDNESS OF OUR UNIVERSE: A PARALLEL TRADITION IN PURSUIT OF TRUTH
Emeritus Professor Anwar Mall, senior scholar, Department of Surgery, UCT
This course celebrates attempts by scientists, physicists and academics who have brought an understanding of scientific complexity to the world through popular writings. They bring a sense of inter-connectedness that links the disparate into unified wholes through unifying ideas: the Big-Bang Model of the Universe from a singularity to a hot and chaotic Universe which produced conscious beings with agency and purpose; the atomic nature of matter; the universality of the DNA of every living organism; the immersion of the entire Universe in space-time and the laws of special and general relativity and evolution, which explains the diversity of life from a point of unity. Connections are highlighted taking a book per lecture, exploring how ideas therein, with related works, provided a better understanding of reality.
1. A fascination for connections
2. Science and spirituality
3. The unification of knowledge
4. The brain and the mind in literature
5. Politics and culture of human origins
Curie, E. 1983. Madame Curie. London: Heinemann.
Wouk, H. 2011. The language God talks. New York: Herman Wouk and Little, Brown and Company.
Wilson, E.O. 1998. Consilience. London: Abacus.
Hustvedt, S. 2010. The shaking woman. London: Henry Holt and Company.
Kuljian, C. 2016. Darwin’s Hunch. Johannesburg: Jacana.