Speaker: Matt Ridley
Date: Tuesday 13 November 2012
Time: 06:00pm - 08:30pm
Location: St Stephen's Club, 34 Queen Anne's Gate, London, SW1H 9AB
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This year's Adam Smith lecture is being given by Matt Ridley. Matt Ridley will speak on the parallels between the work of Adam Smith and Charles Darwin, as both markets and evolution are strikingly similar examples of experimental processes that improve our standing in the world we inhabit.
Matt Ridley has been a scientist, journalist and businessman. With BA and DPhil degrees from Oxford University, he worked for the Economist for nine years as science editor, Washington correspondent and American editor, before becoming a self-employed writer and businessman. He was founding chairman of the International Centre for Life in Newcastle. He currently writes the Mind and Matter column in the Wall Street Journal and writes for many other publications. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of "The Red Queen", "The Origins of Virtue", "Genome", "Nature via Nuture", "Francis Crick" and more recently "The Rational Optimist" in which he argues that that human beings are not only wealthier, but healthier, more peaceful and more equal than they have ever been.
Please note that this event is strictly limited to guests who have RSVP'd.
Doors will open at 6:00pm for a drinks reception, with Matt Ridley's speech starting at 6:30pm sharp.