Mark Harris MA MA PhD
Lecturer ; Science and Religion
New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LXTelephone: +44 (0)131 650 8914
Trained in physics and theology, I am fascinated by the ways in which the scientific revolution continues to alter attitudes towards religious belief and perceptions of reality. Active in physics for many years, I am known (with Steve Bramwell of UCL) as the discoverer of 'spin ice', an amazing model system that has revolutionised research into magnetism, and provided evidence for the magnetic monopole, a Holy Grail of physics.
I am not only interested in physical reality though. Having decided to train for ordained ministry in 1999, I discovered theology, a moment of awakening not unlike that provided by my first chemistry set at the age of 10! After a long spell in church ministry, I now combine these interests through teaching Science and Religion at Edinburgh.
See our Science and Religion blog - http://www.blogs.hss.ed.ac.uk/science-and-religion/