Don’t miss your chance to learn about evolutionary theory from the legendary mathematical physicist, Freeman Dyson!The Carleton University Faculty of Science and School of Mathematics and Statistics are pleased to host Dyson’s visit to Carleton on Nov. 27, where he will deliver the 2018 Herzberg Lecture. Further details can be found below.
“Biological and Cultural Evolution: Six Characters in Search of an Author,” with Freeman Dyson, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Richcraft Hall, Carleton University
What plays a bigger role in evolution: biology or culture? And when did the direction of evolution shift from diversification to unification?
In this highly-anticipated lecture, Dyson will demonstrate how the concept of evolution has itself evolved over the last 200 years. He’ll do this by examining the ideas of some of the biggest names in the field: Charles Darwin, Motoo Kimura, Ursula Goodenough, H. G. Wells, Richard Dawkins, and Svante Pääbo. Using the Pirandello play, Six Characters in Search of an Author as a metaphor, Dyson will explain the overarching story that these scientists’ theories have told, and how a better understanding of this can help you to become a wiser and more responsible inhabitant of our planet.