Professor Andrew Briggs is the inaugural holder of the Chair of Nanomaterials at the University of Oxford. His research interests focus on materials and techniques for quantum technologies and their incorporation into practical devices. Current hot topics include vibrational states of nanotubes and charge transport through single molecules in graphene nanogaps, and machine learning for measuring and tuning quantum devices. He has more than 600 publications, with over 26,000 citations.
- Experimental evidence of disorder enhanced electron-phonon scattering in graphene devices. C Evangeli, E McCann, J L Swett, S Tewari, X Bian, J O Thomas, G A D briggs, O V Kolosov, J A Mol. Carbon, (2021). [PDF]
- Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics with Carbon-Nanotube-Based Superconducting Quantum Circuits. M Mergenthaler, A Nersisyan, A Patterson, M Esposito, A Baumgartner, C Schönenberger, G A D Briggs, E A Laird, P J Leek. Phys Rev Appl, (2021). [PDF]
- Deep Reinforcement Learning for Efficient Measurement of Quantum Devices. V Nguyen, SB Orbell, DT Lennon, H Moon, F Vigneau, LC Camenzind, L Yu, DM Zumbühl, GAD Briggs, MA Osborne, D Sejdinovic, N Ares. npj Quant Info, (2021). [PDF]
- Measuring the thermodynamic cost of timekeeping. A N Pearson, Y Guryanova, P Erker, E A Laird, G A D Briggs, M Huber, N Ares. Phys Rev X, (2021). [PDF]
- Charge transport through extended molecular wires with strongly correlated electrons. J O Thomas, J K Sowa, B Limburg, X Bian, C Evangeli, J L Swett, S Tewari, J Baugh, G C Schatz, G A D Briggs, H L Anderson, J A Mol. Chem Sci, (2021). [PDF]
- Eight Oxford Questions: Quantum Mechanics Under a New Light. N Ares, AN Pearson, GAD Briggs. Springer, (2021) [PDF]
Human Flourishing: Scientific insight and spiritual wisdom in uncertain times, by Andrew Briggs & Michael Reiss
‘A careful and thoughtful provocation’ (Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury)
‘A hopeful guide to meaningful lives’ (Sir Paul Collier, Blavatnik School of Government)
Ambitiously placed at the intersection of scientific insights and spiritual wisdom, Human Flourishing prompts us to reflect on what constitutes a good life and the choices that can help achieve it.
For thousands of years, humans have asked ‘Why we are here?’ and ‘What makes for a good life?’ At different times, different answers have held sway. Nowadays, there are more answers proposed than ever. Much of humanity still finds the ultimate answers to such questions in religion. But in countries across the globe, secular views are widely held. In any event, whether religious or secular, individuals, communities and governments still have to make decisions about what people get from life.
This book therefore examines what is meant by human flourishing and see what it has to offer for those seeking after truth, meaning and purpose. This is a book written for anyone who wants a future for themselves, their children, and their fellow humans – a future that enables flourishing, pays due consideration to issues of truth and helps us find meaning and purpose in our lives.
At a time when most of us are bombarded with messages about what we should or should not do to live healthily, attain a work-life balance and find meaning, a careful consideration of the contributions of both scientific insight and spiritual wisdom provides a new angle. This is therefore a book that not only helps readers clarify their views and see things afresh but also help them improve their own well-being in an age of AI and other new technologies.
View the two-part documentary film of The Penultimate Curiosity which Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs made. The film includes sequences flying to locations in Europe and beyond, as well as in Galloway, Cambridge, and Oxford.
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