recorded on Wednesday 14 April 2021
From lacemakers to vascular surgeons; Savile Row tailors to molecular scientists, potters to violinists or racing car drivers – those from apparently unrelated professions all use their hands.
After a lifetime spent in the medical profession, conducting surgery in war zones and trauma wards to reach the peak of his profession, Kneebone combines his experiences as a doctor with insights from the fields of art, science and music to understand the importance of manual dexterity for our well-being and wider culture.
Kneebone, who is Professor Of Surgical Education at Imperial College, London, has written numerous papers and essays about how the loss of manual skills is impacting on our creativity, productivity and mental health and will also be discussing his podcast, Countercurrents as well as his new book, ‘Expert; Understanding the Path to Mastery’ in which he reveals the process by which humans learn how to perfect their skills.
‘Roger Kneebone is a legend’ Mark Miodownik, author of Stuff Matters
‘Fascinating and inspiring’ Financial Times
‘The pandemic has made the necessity of relying on experts evident to all . . . this is a rich exploration of lifelong learning’ Guardian