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Rescheduled Lecture

7:30 pm, Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014
Fairmont Lounge, St. John's College
2111 Lower Mall, UBC

"Einstein the Philosopher"

Don Howard

Notre Dame

Albert Einstein, the greatest physicist of the 20th century, was also one of that century's most important philosophers. I will first introduce Einstein's contributions to the philosophy of science, highlighting his original and influential views on the logical structure of scientific theories, the roles of reason and experiment in their validation, and the heuristics of theory construction and discovery, including the distinctive role of mathematical simplicity in the pursuit of scientific truth. But I will also talk about Einstein the moral philosopher, Einstein the political philosopher, and even Einstein the theologian - the aim being to both understand and appreciate these lesser known aspects of his thinking, and to exhibit deep and perhaps surprising connections between his science, on the one hand, and his theological, moral, and philosophical interests, on the other.

To learn more please visit his webpage.

Additional resources for this talk : slides and video.