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British scientist wins $1m prize

17th March 2006

Cambridge professor John D Barrow has written many books on the universe's structure, challenging the belief that science or religion have all the answers.

The religion award - which is richer than Nobel prizes - was set up 30 years ago by a philanthropist to encourage dialogue between science and religion.

Past winners include Mother Teresa and US evangelist Billy Graham.

The prestigious prize, founded by Sir John Templeton and overseen by the US-based Templeton Foundation, rewards "discoveries about spiritual realities".  The Templeton Prize hopes to highlight the positive work which draws the scientific and the spiritual together.

The 53-year-old professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University has drawn from many disciplines to explore the realm of ultimate questions - condensing complex ideas about the universe into many popular books and lectures, and even a play.

His work explores the mysteries of infinity and nothingness. He says neither science nor religion offer the ultimate truths we seek.

But he challenges scholars to cross boundaries if they want to fully realise what they understand - and do not understand - about where we came from and where we are heading.

John Barrow is one of a number of scientists, mathematicians, business gurus and visionaries whose take on the future can be heard at conferences around the world. Michio Kaku, Simon Singh, Richard Scase, and Peter Cochrane are a few of the very best.   For further information, please give us a call on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk



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