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   Peyton Rhodes Lecture: Dr. Alan Lightman Presents "Science and Religion"

   Date : Thursday, 6 February 2014       From : 7:30pm   To : 9:30pm
   Category : Lectures/Conferences/Symposia       Location : McCallum Ballroom/ Crain Reception Hall


   Event Description :

Dr. Alan Lightman, an American physicist, writer, and social entrepreneur, will present “Science and Religion.” Free and open to the public, the lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom of the Bryan Campus Life Center (BCLC). The lecture will be preceded by a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the BCLC Crain Reception Hall.

Lightman’s presentation is part of the Peyton Rhodes Lecture Series at Rhodes, which was endowed by former college president and physics professor Dr. Peyton Rhodes. “Science and Religion,” will first review some of the landmark discoveries in science that bear upon philosophical and theological issues, and then Lightman will discuss the differences in the kinds of knowledge that science and religion seek and the different methods of attaining that knowledge. He also will discuss the kinds of religious views that are compatible with science.

Born in Memphis and a graduate of White Station High School, Lightman was educated at Princeton and at the California Institute of Technology, where he received a Ph.D. in theoretical physics. He has served on the faculties of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was the first person at MIT to receive dual faculty appointments in science and in the humanities. Lightman currently is professor of the practice of the humanities at MIT.

His essays, articles, and stories have appeared in the Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, and Salon, among others. His novel Einstein’s Dreams was an international bestseller, and his novel The Diagnosis was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Lightman is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has won numerous awards including the Gemant Award of the American Institute of Physics for linking science to the humanities.

For more information, contact the Rhodes Department of Physics at (901) 843-3918.



   Email : hicksm@rhodes.edu
   More info : http://www.rhodes.edu/physics/21755.asp


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