Tom McLeish, FRS, is Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Department of Physics at the
University of York, England, and is also affiliated to the University’s Centre for Medieval
Studies and Humanities Research Centre.
His scientific research in soft matter and biological physics, draws on collaboration with
chemists, engineers, and biologists to study relationships between molecular structure and
emergent material properties, and was recognized by major awards in the USA and Europe. He
currently leads the UK ‘Physics of Life’ network, and holds a 5-year personal research
fellowship focusing on the physics of protein signaling and the self-assembly of silk fibres.
Other academic interests include the framing of science, theology, society and history, and the
theory of creativity in art and science, leading to the recent book The Poetry and Music of
Science (OUP 2019).
Employing Creativity and Imagination in Scientific Fields
Working scientists know that without imagination there can be no progress in science at all. Formulating the right questions is the central and critical step in our inspirational calling to “re-imagine the universe.”
The Tradition of Wisdom for Today: a Relational Theology of Science
If discussions of science and religion sometimes get bogged down in Genesis, perhaps that is because they have not made the preparatory journey through the rich Wisdom books.