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Blackwell's Bookshop and the Bodleian Library are delighted to welcome Sir Paul Nurse to Oxford to talk about John Milton and Charles Darwin.

Paul Nurse will compare Paradise Lost and The Origin of the Species and their contrasting views of the origins of biological diversity and explore the similarities and differences between creativity in the humanities and the sciences. 

Sir Paul Nurse is a geneticist whose work focuses on what controls the division and shape of cells. He was Professor of Microbiology at the University of Oxford, CEO of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and Cancer Research UK and President of Rockefeller University New York. He is currently Director and Chief Executive of the Francis Crick Institute and President of the Royal Society. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2001 and the Royal Society Copley Medal in 2005.

Tickets for this talk, costing £12, include a private view of the Marks of Genius exhibition as well as a glass of wine.

Tickets are available from the Customer Services Department at Blackwell's Bookshop. Alternatively please telephone 01865 333623 or email

This is one of a series of talks being held to celebrate the Marks of Genius exhibition at the Weston Library on Broad Street.

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