Calculating Kindness: Chasing George Price

Undercurrent Calculating Kindness

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An evening of drama and discussion centred on George Price

Undercurrent, in partnership with the British Library, present this event about the man who formulated the mathematical explanation for the evolution of altruism.

Featuring performances of scenes from Undercurrent’s arresting new production Calculating Kindness followed by a panel discussion featuring director Laura Farnworth, Professor Alan Grafen and lighting designer Ziggy Jacobs.

Developed using the George Price and William Hamilton archives at the British Library, Calculating Kindness explores Price’s life in London, his relationship with evolutionary biologist William Hamilton, the formulation of Price’s equation, his conversion to Christianity, experiment with radical altruism and eventual suicide.

Undercurrent weighs up the question: was Price mentally ill, or consumed by a spiritual desire to disprove his own theory: that man is only kind to his own kin? Price's radical acts of altruism challenge us to examine our own acts of kindness in a time of austerity and self-interest.


Name: Calculating Kindness: Chasing George Price
Where: Staff Restaurant
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £8.00
Senior 60+: £6.00
Student: £5.00
Registered Unemployed: £5.00
Friend of the BL: £5.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546