John Martineau is editor and publisher of the Wooden Books international liberal arts and modern and ancient sciences series, with over a million copies in print worldwide. His series title The Golden Section was winner of the 2007 New York Book Show prize. His hobby is the age-old study of “The Harmony of the Spheres”, and he is the author of a book on the subject, entitled A Little Book of Coincidence. He lives in Glastonbury, England, and enjoys walking to neolithic stone circles while thinking about modern philosophical problems.
Talk 1: WHAT IS THE UNIVERSE UP TO? (JHB ONLY)
This highly illustrated talk will examine the puzzle of fine-tuning in the universe, and, closer to home, will discuss the strange abundance of synchronous coincidences in the solar system, particularly around Earth. What kind of solutions best explain the evidence? Are we ready for them?
Talk 2: WHAT WERE THE ANCIENTS UP TO? (JHB ONLY)
Using British neolithic stone circles as a reference point, this talk will explore some of the perennial mysteries of this fascinating field. Stonehenge, Avebury, and other less well-known sites will be examined for clues as to what the ancients were up to…