Visions of Reality: Science and Other Means of Seeking Knowledge

April 17−18, 2014 - Open to the Public and Free of Charge

Sponsored by Robert J. Kemp Lectureship Fund, Department of History, Department of Asian Studies, Department of Religion, Department of Chemistry, Department of Earth and Oceanographic Science

Visions of RealityModern science enjoys a prominent place and enormous authority in our age. Such prestige is the outcome of a long historical process, during which scientific knowledge and method have been gradually promoted over other forms of knowledge and methods of inquiry. This symposium will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to examine the diverse means of creating technical knowledge before and after the birth of modern science. The keynote address and the panels will highlight the latest scholarship on a range of issues from scientific transference between traditional China and the West to nuclear power during the Cold War period.

7:30 p.m. -9:00 p.m., Thursday, keynote address by Don J. Wyatt - Main Lounge, Moulton Union

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Friday, panels, “The Peripatetic,” “The Encyclopedic,” “The Reflexive,” “The Pious,” and “The Mathematical” - Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union