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Hands, Physiology and Art, the History of Science

Matthew Sweet explores hands with psychoanalyst Darian Leader, an art historian and a computer scientist. Plus a discussion about physiology and art, and a New Generation Thinker.

Psychoanalyst Darian Leader's new book looks at the culture and psychology of the human hand. He joins Matthew Sweet along with art historian Lisa Le Feuvre, currently curating an exhibition on sculpture and prosthesis at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, and robotics scientist Thrishantha Nanayakkara from King's College London, who works on the problem of engineering a functioning hand from scratch.

'The Anatomical Venus' looks at another point where physiology and art meet, in waxwork anatomical models. The book's author Joanna Ebenstein joins Matthew along with the curator of the Barts Pathology Museum Carla Valentine.

And, one of this year's New Generation Thinkers, Seb Falk, unveils his work on the history of science. Seb Falk is at the University of Cambridge and blogs at http://astrolabesandstuff.blogspot.co.uk/

New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council to find academics who can turn their research into radio programmes. Find out more from our website and hear them introducing their research in the programme which broadcast on May 31st - available as an arts and ideas podcast.

The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics runs at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds from 21st July 2016 - 23rd October 2016

Robotics Open Day 2016 runs 11am to 4pm King's College London on Sat 25th June.
You can hear more about The Robots Are Coming at Southbank's Power of Power Festival debates on Saturday 25 June.

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Credits

Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Darian Leader
Presenter Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest Lisa Le Feuvre
Interviewed Guest Thrishantha Nanayakkara
Interviewed Guest Joanna Ebenstein
Interviewed Guest Carla Valentine
Interviewed Guest Seb Falk
Producer Luke Mulhall

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