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Holistic Science in dialogue: the legacy of Bortoft, Colquhoun and Goodwin

October 1 - October 3


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 presentations, research panels and discussions we will carry forward the dialogue they initiated. The conference is a collocation between The Field Centre, Schumacher College and the Holistic Science Journal.


Download the programme: Holistic-Science-Conference.-Programme

Dates: 1-3 Oct 2021

Venue: Schumacher College

Fee: £100 inc. refreshments

Booking & enquiry is through the Dartington website: CLICK HERE

Organisers: Philip Franses, Simon Reakes, Troy Vine


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Simon Reakes


Schumacher College