The Words on Wonder concept is simple, I interview a host of creatives, magicians and scientists about their work and how they cultivate & share wonder. They are all people who have inspired me in my own work or just made me go “Wow!”
Kokichi Sugihara is a Meiji University distinguished professor emeritus as well as a professor emeritus of the University of Tokyo. His research area is mathematical engineering. In his research on computer vision, he found a method for constructing 3D objects from “impossible figures,” and extended his research interest to human vision and optical illusion. Constructing mathematical models of human vision systems, he created various new impossible objects, and has won the Best Illusion of the Year Contest multiple times.
Bruce Drinkwater is an Engineer and Professor working at the University of Bristol, Bristol, UK. His interests span many applications of ultrasonics including imaging, condition monitoring as well as ultrasonic levitation, tractor beams and haptics. In 2015 he co-invented the world’s first stable ultrasonic tractor beam, in 2017 he demonstrated the levitation of wavelength-scale objects and in 2019 the levitation and manipulation of multiple objects.
Vincent Gambini is a magician and theatre artist. He approaches magic through deconstruction, irony and philosophy. His critically acclaimed shows include ‘This is not a magic show’ and ‘The Chore of Enchantment’.
Ian Keable has been a full-time professional magician for over 30 years, specialising in Comedy Magic. More recently he has branched out into talks both on magic but also subjects such as 18th Century hoaxes, satirical prints and cartoons. He has written three self-published books aimed at magicians including Stand-Up: A Professional Guide to Comedy Magic and Charles Dickens Magician: Conjuring in Life, Letters and Literature. He is presently writing The Century of Deception: The Birth of the Hoax in the Eighteenth Century, due to be published by The Westbourne Press in autumn 2020.
Robert Crowther was born in Leeds in 1948. He went to Norwich School of Art and the Royal College of Art to study graphic design. Two projects produced at the RCA led to his career, one being the Alphabet Book and the other was a self portrait made out of biscuit in low relief. The biscuit project led to many years of freelance work with Madame Tussaud's and the London Planetarium, as well as Chessington Zoo and Warwick Castle. Since then over 40 pop-ups have been published.
Bethany Sollereder is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Science and Religion. She specialises in theology concerning evolution and the problem of suffering. Bethany received her PhD in Theology from the University of Exeter and an MCS in interdisciplinary studies from Regent College, Vancouver.