Thu Mar 22, 2018

HPS Speaker Series - Harvey Brown


Location: 213 Debartolo Hall

Harvey Brown will give a talk on Einstein's rocky road to his discovery of gravity, focusing on the action-reaction principle.

Einstein regarded as one of the triumphs of his 1915 theory of gravity — the general theory of relativity — that it vindicated the action–reaction principle, while Newtonian mechanics as well as his 1905 special theory of relativity supposedly violated it. In this talk I examine why Einstein came to emphasize this position several years after the development of general relativity. Several key considerations are relevant to the story: the connection Einstein originally saw between Mach’s analysis of inertia and both the equivalence principle and the principle of general covariance, the waning of Mach’s influence owing to de Sitter’s 1917 results, and Einstein’s detailed correspondence with Moritz Schlick in 1920. The talk is largely based on the paper: 

Fri Apr 13, 2018

GLOBES Scholar Series: Vincent Resh


Location: Hesburgh Library Carey Auditorium 107

Vincent Resh, Ph.D., is a professor of aquatic ecology at the University of California-Berkeley who has studied rivers and wetlands around the globe with the goal of improving human health and environmental quality. A renowned researcher and teacher, Resh received the Award of Excellence from the Society for Freshwater Science and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California.…

Fri Apr 20, 2018

GLOBES Scholar Series: Genese Sodikoff


Location: Carey Auditorium

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED: The original date of March 23 was cancelled due to East Coast severe weather conditions and flight cancellations.

Genese Sodikoff is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University and her talk, "Multispecies Ethnography and Epidemiological Puzzles," discusses the challenges of epidemiology within rapidly transforming landscape and genetics. As a cultural anthropologist, Professor Sodikoff is interested in the political economy of biodiversity loss, conservation, and restoration, labor and rain forest conservation in Madagascar, and the biotic and cultural problem of extinction. She is the author of Forest and Labor in Madagascar: From Colonial Concession to Global Biosphere