Holistic Science Conference:

The Legacy of Bortoft, Colquhoun and Goodwin


2pm, 1st October – 1pm, 3 October


Isis Brook and Harvey Shoolman


Emma Kidd, Judyth Sassoon, Claudio Stern


Katherine Buchanan, Paul Carter, Andrew Compton, Philip Franses, Aonghus Gordon, Stephan Harding, Roland Playle, Simon Reakes, Evelyn Roe, Patricia Shaw, Troy Vine, Mike Wride


The Great Hall, Dartington 


£160 | Conference with meals
£100 | Conference only

 About this event

This conference revisits and builds on the lasting contributions to holistic science made by Henri Bortoft, Margaret Colquhoun and Brian Goodwin.

In the seventies, physicist Henri Bortoft, biologist Margaret Colquhoun and mathematician turned biologist Brian Goodwin began a dialogue about wholeness in their respective areas of research. Taking the scientific studies of the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe as their model, they developed a language for expressing the living relationship between the whole and the part, and thereby established a new interdisciplinary field of research. By revisiting their legacy through lectures, presentations, research panels and discussions we will carry forward the dialogue they initiated. View the programme for the conference via this link.

An integral part of the conference is meeting people interested in holistic science and the discussions that ensue. These often happen around mealtimes, so we recommend that you join us for the meals if possible. We have also reserved accommodation for the conference in Courtyard next to the Great Hall where the conference will take place. If you want to book accommodation for the conference, please email guestservices@dartington.org with your contact details and requirements. We will call you back to confirm the details of your accommodation and we will take full payment for accommodation on booking.

This conference is part of a broader programme of events and courses associated with the MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College. Find out more about the programme via this link, where you can also sign up for updates about the programme.

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