A Theory of Everything?
Philip Ball, Vanessa Seifert (University of Bristol), Jessica Wilson (University of Toronto at Scarborough)

March 23, 2021, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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  • European Research Council (ERC) Grant No. 771509


London School of Economics

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The biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky wrote that nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. Is there an even more general theory that can make sense of all the sciences? The various scientific disciplines each have their own methods, theories, and practices. This is the case even when different sciences try to explain the same phenomena. Can we translate between these distinct disciplines? What does this even mean? Might all of science be reduced to physics one day? Philip Ball, Vanessa Seifert, and Jessica Wilson discuss reduction, emergence, and the unity of the sciences.


  • Philip Ball, Science Writer
  • Vanessa Seifert, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bristol
  • Jessica Wilson, Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto


  • Clare Moriarty, Fellow, Forum for Philosophy & IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin


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