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Introduction to 'Three Tales'

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On 18 February, Professor Robert Bud, Principal Curator of Medicine at the Science Museum, will be visiting Cambridge to give a talk.

The occasion is a production of Steve Reich and Beryl Korot’s video opera ‘Three Tales’ – a work which explores the role of technology in the twentieth century through a close examination of three major events: the explosion of the Hindenburg zeppelin, the atom bomb tests at Bikini Atoll, and the cloning of Dolly the Sheep. The third tale, ‘Dolly’, expands into a broader discussion of genetic engineering and the concept of man as a machine. It also features interviews with numerous leading commentators, including Richard Dawkins, Marvin Minsky and Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz.

Professor Bud, in addition to his role at the Science Museum, is also a long-standing visiting research scholar in Cambridge’s History and Philosophy of Science department, and has published numerous books, including the first ever history of biotechnology (‘The Uses of Life’), and ‘Penicillin: Triumph and Tragedy’. His short talk will be a fascinating insight into some of his work and there will be a chance to ask questions.

The talk is at 10.15pm in the ADC ’s Larkum Studio, and entry is included in the price of a ticket to the show, which begins at 11.00. The show is also running on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and other talks are running on Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be reserved at and please consult for more information about the production.

This talk is part of the 'Three Tales' pre-performance talks series.

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