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Penrose to present three lectures, Oct. 17, 20 and 22

Mathematical physicist Roger Penrose will present a series of three lectures on "Fashion, Faith and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe" between Oct. 17 and Oct. 22.

Penrose is the Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and the Francis and Helen Pentz Visiting Professor of Physics and Mathematics at Pennsylvania State University.

The lecture schedule is:

  • "Fashion," 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, McCosh 50;
  • "Faith," 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall; and
  • "Fantasy," 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, McCosh 10.
Penrose has earned numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the fields of astrophysics and mathematics, including the Wolf Foundation Prize for Physics (with physicist Stephen Hawking), the Dirac Prize and Medal of the British Institute of Physics and the Einstein Prize and Medal of the Albert Einstein Society. He has written several influential books on the relationship between consciousness, computing and physics for which he won the Rhone-Poulenc Prize from the Royal Institution and the Science Museum. He has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his contributions to science.

In his lectures, Penrose will demonstrate that present-day approaches to providing a fundamental picture of the universe are not always driven objectively through experiment and observation and by precise mathematical reasoning. He will assess the importance of subjective and social elements in science.

Penrose's talks are designated as the Louis Clark Vanuxem Lectures and are part of the University's Public Lectures Series . The Oct. 17 lecture will be Webcast live.

Contact:Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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