What is wisdom?

What is wisdom?

Andrew Wyeth, Dame Judi Dench and Ravi Shankar (Photos: Andrew Zuckerman)

Here is something of a philosophical question for you: "What is wisdom?"

This is what some well-known figures from around the world think.

Listen Listen to some opinions (1 min 40 secs)


The voices there of Billy Connolly, Judi Dench, Chinua Achebe, Ravi Shankkar, Desmond Tutu and Jane Goodall - all with their reflections on what wisdom is.

They were all photographed and interviewed by American photographer, Andrew Zuckerman.

He went around the world in search of wisdom, meeting a total of 50 well-known international figures, all aged 65 or over.

Their words of wisdom, and their photos, are collated in a book he's just brought out, called simply: Wisdom.

George Arney met up with him recently in London and he explained why he had embarked on this project.

Listen Listen to Andrew Zuckerman (6 mins 48 secs)

First broadcast 2 January 2009

To visit Andrew Zuckerman's Wisdom website, click here.