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Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe


Refining our understanding of life through philosophical and mathematical concepts

Few topics have been more central down the centuries of human thought than the nature of life. This discourse has yielded a diversity of insights, which offer a rich resource for academic investigation and debate among diverse intellectual traditions. This diversity is a real advantage as we face the challenge of working from the one example of life we are familiar with on Earth to the existence of life elsewhere. The Centre will address these traditions of thought over the coming decade, with the goal of creating a forum for research on the nature and emergence of life from the viewpoint of the arts and humanities. The aim is to provoke new and creative fields of interdisciplinary research with the sciences – it will challenge scientists to examine the models and assumptions of traditional scientific endeavour.

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