University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

History of Science and Technology/Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science Colloquium

semester, 2007

Friday, January 19th 2007
No seminar this week.
Friday, January 26th 2007
Speaker: Lisa Gannett, Department of Philosophy, Saint Mary's University
Subject: Theodosius Dobzhansky, the Typological-Population Distinction, and the Question of Race
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m. Cosponsored by Studies of Science and Tech., the MN Cntr for Philosophy of Sci., the Consortium on Law & Values in Health, Env. & Life Sciences
Friday, February 2nd 2007
Speaker: Helen Rozwadowski, Department of History, University of Connecticut
Subject: Science, Technology, and the 1960s Ocean: New Worlds of Exploration and Exploitation
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, February 9th 2007
Speaker: Nina Lerman, Department of History, Whitman College
Subject: Jim Crow and the White Way: Thoughts on Race, Progress, and Early Electrification in the US.
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, February 16th 2007
No H.S.T. Colloquium this week.
Friday, February 23rd 2007
Speaker: Eileen Reeves, Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University
Subject: Mere Projections: Galileo and Scheiner on the Sunspots
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, March 2nd 2007
Speaker: Mark Borrello, History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota
Subject: There's no success like failure: 'Relative Significance' in Evolutionary Biology and the History of Evolutionary Biology
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, March 9th 2007
No colloquium: Spring Break
Friday, March 16th 2007
Spring Break: No Colloquium this week.
Friday, March 23rd 2007
Speaker: William Ashworth, Linda Hall Library, Kansas City, MO
Subject: Bucculentus: The Underside of the Scientific Revolution
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, March 30th 2007
Speaker: C. Kenneth Waters, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Minnesota
Subject: "Causes that Make a Difference"
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, April 6th 2007
Subject: No Colloquium this week.
Friday, April 13th 2007
Subject: No Colloquium this week.
Friday, April 20th 2007
Speaker: Alan Beyerchen, Department of History, Ohio State University
Subject: Clausewitz and the Quest for a Science of War
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, April 27th 2007
Subject: No Colloquium this week.
Friday, May 4th 2007
Speaker: Jessica Wang
Subject: Social Science and the American State: From the Social Survey to the New Deal
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, May 11th 2007
This colloquium will resume in the fall.
Friday, September 14th 2007
Speaker: Daniel Kennefick, Department of Physics, University of Arkansas
Subject: Traveling at the Speed of Thought: Theorists Attempt to Prove the Existence of Gravitational Waves
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, September 21st 2007
Speaker: Staffan Mueller-Wille, The ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (EGENIS), Univ. of Exeter. Cosponsored by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science
Subject: Fleck and Kuhn on Scientific Change
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, September 28th 2007
Speaker: Kenneth Lipartito, Department of History, Florida International University
Subject: It's Not Rocket Science: Operations Engineering and Human Space Flight
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, October 5th 2007
Speaker: Michael Weisberg, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania. Cosponsored by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science
Subject: Three Kinds of Idealization
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, October 12th 2007
No Colloquium This Week
Friday, October 19th 2007
Speaker: Stuart McCook, Department of History, University of Guelph
Subject: The 'Malaria of Coffee': Hemileia vastatrix and Changing Ideas about Health and Disease in Plants, 1870-1930
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, October 26th 2007
Speaker: Amit Hagar, Indiana Univ., Don Howard, Univ. of Notre Dame, Chris Smeenk, Univ. of Western Ontario
Subject: Einstein's Distinction between Principle Theories and Constructive Theories
Please see comments in Abstract section
Friday, November 2nd 2007
3:35 pm:
History of Science and Technology Colloquium in Carlson School of Management, Room: t.b.a.
Speaker: Kenneth Manders, Department of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh. Cosponsored by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science
Subject: Representation vs Ontology in Mathematics
Note: Different Place
Friday, November 9th 2007
Speaker: John P. Jackson, Department of Communication, University of Colorado-Boulder
Subject: The Boundary Work of the ‘Blank Slate’: Creating the Disciplines of Evolutionary Psychology and Cultural Anthropology
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, November 16th 2007
Speaker: Lillian Hoddeson, Department of Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana
Subject: Analogy and Inventive Style: Stanford Ovshinsky's Radical Approach to Inventing Alternative Energy Technologies
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, November 30th 2007
Speaker: Evelynn Hammonds, Holyoke Center, Harvard University
Subject: The Marginalization of Experience
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, December 7th 2007
Speaker: Laura Snyder, Department of Philosophy, St. John’s University. Cosponsored by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science.
Subject: Bold Leaps: Guesses or Inferences? Analogical Reasoning in Science
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, December 10th 2007
12:00 pm:
History of Science and Technology Colloquium in Carlson School of Management, Room: TBA
Speaker: Giovanni Giorgini, Department of Ancient History, University of Bologna. Cosponsored by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science
Subject: Relativism and Its Discontents
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, December 21st 2007
This event will resume spring semester.

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