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    The Royal Society of Edinburgh
    22-26 George Street
    EH2 2PQ

The Science of Beauty

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Two-day Conference organised by Sir Michael Atiyah, University of Edinburgh and Professor Semir Zeki, University College London

What is common to the experience of beauty derived from sensory, cognitive and moral sources? What is the relationship between aesthetic judgement and aesthetic experience? And what is the grander biological significance of the experience of beauty? These are some of the questions that were discussed at length by the many distinguished speakers at this wide-ranging two-day conference.

To watch the lectures given at this conference, please visit our YouTube channel.

Event report


Sir Michael Atiyah, University of Edinburgh
Professor Semir Zeki, University College London
Professor Beatrice de Gelder, Maastricht University
Professor Gordon Graham, Director of The Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy, Princeton Theological Seminary
Dr Angela Breitenbach, Cambridge University
Professor Winfried Menninghaus, Director, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt
Sir David Attenborough

Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Dr Tomohiro Ishizu, University College London
Dr Cinzia Di Dio, University Cattolica Milan
Professor Michael Trimble, Institute of Neurology, University College London
Professor Nicky Clayton, Cambridge University and Mr Clive Wilkins, Artist in Residence, Cambridge University
Sir Roger Penrose, Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford and an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College