Spellbinding Eckersley Lecture

By Richard Sinclair, Head of Biology

Last week Professor Peter Atkins delivered the Eckersley Lecture to a packed theatre audience. Professor Atkins began his talk on The Limits of Science with the reassurance that he would not say anything controversial or untrue and then proceeded to steer us carefully through the big philosophical questions (where does it all come from? Life after death? etc.), in each case analysing the probability of science finding the answer. As a committed materialist, who has no time for myths and superstitions, he gave a clear and illuminating viewpoint on the potential of scientific methods. The audience was spellbound and there were some top quality questions at the end. If you missed the event, then do read Professor Atkins’ book On Being: A Scientist Examines the Great Questions of Existence.


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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