Oral history of British science
Tudge, Colin (3 of 10). Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum
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2016-01-28, 2016-02-09, 2016-03-11, 2016-05-17
Tudge, Colin, 1943- (speaker, male)
Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)
Part 3: Description of offices of WM. Comments on WM colleagues, including Bernard Dixon [BD] (then deputy editor), Christine Doyle [CD]. Mentions meeting first wife here (Rosemary Shewan). Comments on change in colleagues following return to WM, 1975: new editor Michael O'Donnell [MO], Paul Vaughan, Peter Bunyard, Derek [Cooper], Fred Cavalier. [2:43] Comments on DG including his loss of Christian faith, with related stories. Discussion of own awareness of DG's loss of faith. Story of his funeral. [7:17] Comments on BD, including expectation of self and others that he would write significant book on future of science. Mentions his 'What is Science For?'  and ['Journeys in Belief' - 1968]. Mentions friendship with BD; effect on this friendship of disagreement concerning own work on science-religion. Further comments on book that self and others were expecting - in the 1970s - BD to write. Mentions BG's book 'The Golden String'; view of JHB's 'Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives'  as a "revelation". Mentions Stephen Jay Gould's arguments concerning 'non-overlapping magisteria' [NOMA]. Further comments on view - in 1970s - that BD might have offered more thoughtful analysis than NOMA; perception of need for a book on science-religion at this time. [11:53] Comments on CD; own work at WM as 'editorial assistant'; extent to which BD's interests in science-religion were not apparent/obvious at WM. [14:31] Brief comments on first marriage; children/grandchildren. [15:29] Comments on funding of WM by advertisements for pharmaceutical companies; preference for post at FW [1970-1972], with related comments on childhood interest in/involvement in farming. Discussion of these childhood experiences, with related stories. [22:40] Description of offices of FW; typical working day there. Comments on experience of visits to farms and agricultural research stations in this post.
Life story interview with science writer Colin Tudge