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Professor Russell Stannard

Department of Physical Sciences, The Open University

Russell Stannard is Professor Emeritus of Physics at The Open University. Read more about Professor Russell Stannard

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Boundaries of the knowable

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Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Feb 2010
Professor Russell Stannard OBE delves into the question of whether we can ever go beyond the boundaries of what we know.

Consciousness and the limits of science

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Introductory Level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Feb 2010
Professor Russell Stannard asks how can we ever understand the relationship between consciousness and the physical brain.

Are we really free to choose?

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Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Feb 2010
All day long we have to make choices. Professor Russell Stannard asks if we’re really free to choose.

The meaningless Big Bang question

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Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Feb 2010
Professor Russell Stannard explores what kind of universe we live in and what caused the Big Bang.

ET, life and the universe

ET, life and the universe Copyrighted image Credit: Production team
Introductory Level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Feb 2010
Is there intelligent life out there? Professor Russell Stannard examines various possibilities, and our chances of ever finding out about them.

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Comment posted by zy92349 on 20th Nov 2013
It seems wrong to me that we cannot search for a wider fundamental meaning of phenomena that we only observe in various ways. We shouldn't allow the fractured observations we make, to dictate how...
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Comment posted by zz545859 on 28th Sep 2010
Prof. Stannard asserts that "The pursuit of fundamental science will one day come to an end." I think this is mistaken.  Don't Gödel's incompleteness theorems guarantee work for...

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Russell Stannard is Professor Emeritus of Physics at The Open University. In 1986 he was awarded the Templeton Project Trust Award for ‘significant contributions to the field of spiritual values; in particular for contributions to greater understanding of science and religion’. He was awarded the OBE for ‘contributions to physics, the Open University, and the popularisation of science’ (1998) and the The Bragg Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics for ‘distinguished contributions to the teaching of physics’ (1999).