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Can Bacterium Compute?

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Bach Erschallet, ihr Lieder (‘Resound, ye songs, ring out, ye strings’) BWV172

Professor Susan Stepney Director, York Cross-Disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis, University of York

Steven Devine director
Zoe Brookshaw
Sinead O’Kelly mezzo soprano
Laurence Kilsby tenor
Dominic Sedgwick bass

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What is Bach, the Universe and Everything (BUE)?

BUE 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. This event will be hosted on our YouTube channel from 11:30am BST.

The science

From smartphones to desktops, most people think of computers as being based on silicon. But what about slime mould? Bacteria? Can they computer? There are many types of non-conventional computing, and one of the leading figures in this field, Professor Susan Stepney, explores how harnessing this power might lead to exciting new developments in the near future.

The music

This cantata, BWV 172, marks Pentecost, and the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. It even includes a duet between the Holy Spirit and the ‘soul’. It’s, therefore, an upbeat, celebratory piece, with festive instrumentation including three trumpets and timpani.

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Covid-19 has meant that all our live concerts have been cancelled. This is a devastating loss of income. Please consider making a donation to support the OAE through this crisis.

In partnership with

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