History of (each and every one of) the sciences in 50 minutes

· London

 

The London Constituency invites you to the seminar “History of (each and every one) of the sciences in 50 minutes”, by Dr. Francisco González Redondo, from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). Dr. González has PhDs in Philosophy and Maths and currently holds a position of Lecturer of History of Science at the UCM.

The event will take place on Thursday 15th February 2018 at 19.00h at the University College London (G08 Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre, Roberts Building, Torrington Place (Corner with with Malet Place), London WC1E 7JE) and will be followed by drinks and nibbles.

Please, register to this event HERE.

Summary:

When putting together the history of a scientific discipline, i.e., Maths or Astronomy, for a conference or a course, there is a common issue: the speaker surprises the audience with all the registered events associated to the Palaeolithic art, motivates them with the knowledge contained in the Mesopotamian cuneiform tables and enthusiasts everybody with the evolution of maths and astronomy in Old Greece, from Hesiod’s Theogony to the end of the Neoplatonic school at Alexandria associated with Hypatia’s tragedy. Time flies and we would have not reached Kepler’s laws by the time we find we have five minutes left before the conference finishes or a week before the students must sit their exam.
The issue might lie in an unsolved polemic question: as scientific disciplines, i.e. as Sciences, what’s actually Maths?, What’s actually Astronomy?, What’s actually Physics?, What’s actually Biology?
With the aim of contributing to the solution of these difficulties, in this seminar a different model for the organization of the History of any Science is proposed. Once explained the model for Maths and Astronomy, the seminar will move onto other fields such as Physics, Biology, Geology , Chemistry … i.e. each and every Science.