What is enlightenment?

Choose Your Own Adventure

Bach, the Universe and Everything returns to the University of Oxford’s Mathematical Institute for a second season of awe-inspiring music and musings
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Bach Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn
(Step upon the path of faith) BWV 152

Professor Sam Cohen University of Oxford
Steven Devine director

Bach, the Universe and Everything is our very own Sunday service for inquiring and curious minds; a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science.


In this talk Professor Sam Cohen challenges us to reflect on our personal ambitions and ask “How can I be sure that tomorrow’s decisions will satisfy today’s objectives?”


The cantata text starts with “Walk on your own path…” the lyrics unfold into a dialogue between Jesus and the Soul and concludes with a duet, suggesting that we have the free will to choose to follow Jesus.

In partnership with

Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
Institute of Physics
Institute of Physics