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The Arts ands Minds of Invention - ii Fireside Chat with Anton Howes

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Interintellect founder Anna Gát talks to Dr Anton Howes about his new book, Arts & Minds - How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation

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When people around the world imagine what the primary platform that brought about the age of progress was, they think Royal Society - with its giants Newton, and Turing...

But there was another influential institution in 18th century London without which we might never have had the Industrial Revolutions, or our cities, homes, schools, and even our bodies, as we know them today: the Royal Society of Arts.

In his first book Arts & Minds - How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation, the young historian of innovation Anton Howes - historian in residence at the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), newsletter favourite, journalist of progress, among other things - explores the road from playful invention to directing its results toward real-life problems public or private, what role the State and its institutions play in building the future, and what areas of collective advancement may be indeed better served by hands-on, "low level", industry-driven applied science than the lonely theory of academic genius.

A dilemma familiar to many young intellectuals today is being resolved on Anton's witty and adventurous pages in unexpected ways - a timely book not only for those working in science or technology. Join our discussion!

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"Informative and entertaining, Arts and Minds reveals how a society of public-spirited individuals tried to make their country a better place, and draws vital lessons from their triumphs and failures for all would-be reformers today."

In the spirit of the book's dedication ("To the public-spirited.") this event is free to attend for all.

Ticket-holders will be sent an exclusive chapter from the book - courtesy of the author and Princeton University Press.

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    • 9 pm in London
    • 10 pm in Berlin

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