Bach, the Universe and Everything: Can Bacterium Compute?

In this episode, we hear Professor Susan Stepney from the University of York talk about the potential for a bacterium to compute

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We like to think of the series as a community, similar to the one Bach enjoyed in Leipzig when he wrote a new cantata almost every month for the church where he worked from 1723 until his death in 1750. Then, the congregation was as open to science and new ideas as it was brought together by faith. It is in that spirit that we come together for a thought-provoking cantata and a talk from a leading expert in the field of science.

Today we present Bach’s BWV 172 ‘Erschallet, ihr Lieder’ (Resound, ye songs, ring out, ye strings) and Professor Susan Stepney from the University of York explores how harnessing the power of bacteria might lead to exciting new developments in the future of computing. We’re currently under lockdown due to the Covid-19 outbreak so this edition has been recorded from our homes in isolation.

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