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Discussing Science, Technology, Medicine

Oct. 22, 2012

Bruce Weber in lab

Bruce Weber will deliver a Dec. 6 lecture on Darwinism.

What:

Cal State Fullerton’s Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine is presenting lectures on big science and Darwinism in November and December, respectively. Other talks are scheduled for the spring. The free lectures are delivered at 5:30 p.m. on campus and are open to the public.

When/Where/Who:

  • Nov. 1: Charles Thorpe, associate professor of sociology and science studies at UC San Diego, presents “Fordism, Big Science, and the Manhattan Project,” in Mihaylo Hall, Room 1307 
  • Dec. 6: Bruce Weber, CSUF emeritus professor of chemistry and biochemistry, presents “Challenging Darwinism: Expanding, Extending, Replacing,” in Humanities-Social Sciences Building, Room 226

Spring lectures include the following:

  • Feb. 14: Bogdan Suceavă, CSUF professor of mathematics, presents “The Age of Modernist Transformation: 1880-1930, A Discussion Inspired by Jeremy Gray’s Volume Plato’s Ghost” in Room 402 of Langdorf Hall.
  • March 7Margaret Garber, CSUF associate professor of liberal studies, presents “The Academy of Curiosi: Communicating ‘Chemical Expertise’ in the 17th Century Holy Roman Empire” in Room 321 of Langsdorf Hall.
  • April 25: Zuoyue Wang, professor of history at Cal Poly Pomona, presents “Chinese American Scientists: A Study in Transnational History of Science and Technology” in Room 321 of Langsdorf Hall.
  • May 9: Craig McConnell, CSUF associate professor of liberal studies and director of the Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine, presents “The Nine Lives of Albert Einstein” in Room 321 of Langsdorf Hall.

Why:

The purpose of the lectures is to contribute to a greater understanding of science and to advance the center’s mission, said Jim Hofmann, chair of liberal studies, and Andrea Patterson, assistant professor of liberal studies, who organized the speaker series. The center’s goals include: facilitating collegial exchange of ideas about the history and philosophy of science, technology and medicine among CSUF faculty and students and among the broader scholarly community; and promoting understanding and appreciation of the history and philosophy of science, technology and medicine on campus and in the external community.

The speakers were chosen because their topics interest a wide variety of faculty members and students, and also involve interdisciplinary research on interesting facets of science and society, Hofmann said.

More Info:

Available on the website.

Media Contacts:

Jim Hofmann, 657-278-7049
Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586

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