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Living Through Four Revolutions
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Freeman DysonProfessor Freeman Dyson of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey will be the inaugural lecturer of the Fr. Stanley L. Jaki, O.S.B. Distinguished Lecture of the Department of Physics at Seton Hall University on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 6 p.m. The special lecture will be held in the Helen Lerner Amphitheatre (SC 101) in McNulty Hall and is part of the President's Advisory Council Distinguished Guest Lecturer Series sponsored by the President’s Advisory Council members.

Freeman Dyson is considered to be one of the greatest living thinkers and intellectuals on the topics of science and technology. His ideas have had a profound and widely regarded impact on many fields – physics, biology, history, philosophy, and theology.

Professor Dyson’s lecture entitled “Living through Four Revolutions” will provide a first-hand witness reflection on the history of science and technology over the last half century. In particular, his contemplation will be about the four modern scientific and technological revolutions which were space, nuclear energy, genomics, and electronic computing. He’ll look at how these revolutions started, how they slowly transformed the world during the past half century, and how they are still transforming it today.

Professor Dyson is currently Professor Emeritus of Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study. He’s a graduate of Cambridge University with a BA degree in mathematics. While a graduate student at Cornell University, he worked with legendary physicists Hans Bethe and Richard Feynman. His most notable contribution to science was the unification of the three versions of quantum electrodynamics invented by Feynman, Julian Schwinger, and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, the 1965 Nobel Prize recipients in Physics. He went on to become a professor of physics at Cornell University before eventually in 1953 joining the faculty of the Institute for Advanced Studies. In his career, he has worked on various scientific topics ranging from nuclear physics, solid state physics, ferromagnetism, astrophysics and biology, while always seeking problems where mathematics could be aptly applied. He is a highly regarded author having written a number of books about science for the general public including Disturbing the universe (1974), an autobiographical account of the people he’s known during his career as a scientist and The sun, the Genome and the Internet (1999) which examines the question of whether modern technology could be used to narrow the gap between rich and poor rather than widen it. Dyson is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the Royal Society of London. In 2000, he was awarded the Templeton Prize for progress in Religion.

The Department of Physics Distinguished Lecture is name in remembrance and honor of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki, O.S.B. Fr. Jaki was a world-renowned author, physicist, philosopher, and theologian, who served as a faculty member in the Department of Physics of Seton Hall University where he attained the rank of Distinguished University Professor of Physics. In 1987 he was awarded the Templeton Prize for “his immense contribution to bridging the gap between science and religion, and his making room, in the midst of the most advanced modern science, for deep and genuine faith.” He was appointed by Pope John Paul II an honorary member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. On April 7, 2009 a few days after having presented a lecture at the Casina of Pope Pius IV, the headquarters of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Fr. Jaki passed away.

For more information please contact:
Jose Lopez
(973) 761-9057
jose.lopez1@shu.edu

 

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