The School of History and Sociology welcomes Dr. Andrew Zangwill, Professor of Physics at Georgia Tech. Dr. Zangwill will give a talk on "Four Facts Everyone Ought to Know about Science." The talk is from 4:00 - 5:30 in the Old Civil Engineering Building, room 104 (the "Mel"). All are welcome.
Following is an abstract for the talk: In 1994, the Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist Philip Anderson published an article in The Daily Telegraph of London titled ``Four Facts Everyone Ought to Know About Science." His "facts" are not likely the ones you would choose and my talk draws on extensive biographical research to analyze his choices in detail. What scientific and personal experiences led him to his list? What do his choices say about the scientific philosophy of someone with a legitimate claim to have been the most influential physicist of the second half of the twentieth century? I discuss whether his choices were warranted in 1994 and whether the events of the subsequent twenty-five years might cause him to revise his list.