University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

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

semester, 2010

Friday, January 22nd 2010
Speaker: Alan Love, Department of Philosophy, University of Minnesota
Subject: Three Aspects of Reductive Explanation in Biological Science
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, January 29th 2010
Speaker: Clayton Gearhart, Department of Physics, St. John's University
Subject: The Rotational Specific Heat of Molecular Hydrogen in Quantum Theory
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, February 5th 2010
Speaker: Laura Perini, Department of Philosophy, Pomona College
Subject: Form and Function: Figures in Biology Textbooks
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, February 12th 2010
Speaker: Jennifer Alexander, Program in History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Technology and Social Justice Movement: Jacques Ellul, Walter Eichrodt, and the Role of Religion and the Old Testament in Debates about Rebuilding Europe after the Second World War
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, February 19th 2010
Speaker: Erik Conway, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Subject: Thinking about Climate in the Space Age: NASA and American Climate Science
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, February 26th 2010
Speaker: Nicholas Dew, Department of History, McGill University
Subject: The Pendulum in the Tropics: The Académie des Sciences and the Globalization of Science, c. 1670-c. 1740
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, March 5th 2010
Speaker: Kenneth Weiss, Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University
Subject: How Complicated Is Life...and How Did It Get that Way?
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, March 12th 2010
There will be no colloquium this week.
Friday, March 19th 2010
There will be no colloquium this week.
Friday, March 26th 2010
12:15 pm:
History of Science and Technology Colloquium in *** NOTE Time and Place *** 1210 Heller Hall, West Bank Campus
Speaker: Paula Findlen, Department of History, Stanford University
Subject: Work in Progress Seminar: "Agostino Scilla, a Baroque Painter in Pursuit of Nature"
Friday, April 2nd 2010
Speaker: Georgina Montgomery, Lyman Briggs School, Michigan State University
Subject: Temporary Tombstones: What the Death and Burial of Six Baboons Tells Us about Primatology
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, April 9th 2010
Speaker: Margaret Rossiter, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University
Subject: Women in Science: Lawsuits, 'Shops,' and Market Share
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, April 16th 2010
Speaker: Hamilton Cravens, Department of History, Iowa State University
Subject: Column Right, March! Nationalism, Scientific Positivism, and the Conservative Turn of the American Social Sciences in the Cold War Era
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, April 23rd 2010
Speaker: Mark Wilson, Department of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh
Subject: How 'Wave Front' Found Its Truth-Values: A Study in Semantic Stabilization
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, April 30th 2010
Scheduled colloquium has been cancelled.
Friday, May 7th 2010
There will be no colloquium this week.
Friday, May 14th 2010
There will be no colloquium this week.
Friday, September 10th 2010
No Colloquium presentation.
Friday, September 17th 2010
Speaker: Florence Hsia, Department of the History of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Subject: Telling Scientific Lives and the Return of Biography
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, September 24th 2010
3:35 pm:
History of Science and Technology Colloquium in *** NOTE Different Location: Great Hall, Walter Library ***
Speaker: Nancy Beadie, College of Education, University of Washington; Pamela Henson, Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution
Subject: Author Meets Readers: Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study in North America, 1890-1930. Author: Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, Program in History of Science and Technology, University of Minneso
Refreshments served in Great Hall, Walter Library at 3:00 p.m.
Friday, October 1st 2010
Speaker: Linnda Caporael, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Subject: Truly Social Cognition: Repeatedly Assembling Culture and Mind
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, October 8th 2010
Speaker: James Griesemer, Department of Philosophy, University of California, Davis.
Subject: Origin Stories and Theoretical Biology: On Not Begging the Question
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, October 15th 2010
Speaker: Richard Bellon, Lymann Briggs School, Michigan State University
Subject: The Moral Condition of Victorian Science: Patience, Humility and the Inductive Method
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, October 22nd 2010
Speaker: Hiromi Muzuno, Department of History, University of Minnesota
Subject: Scientific Nationalism in Postcolonial East Asia
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, October 29th 2010
Speaker: Douglas Marshall, Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science, Visiting Scholar
Subject: Challenging the Applicability of Geometry
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, November 5th 2010
No HST Colloquium this week.
Friday, November 12th 2010
No HST Colloquium this week.
Friday, November 19th 2010
Speaker: Thomas Nickles, Department of Philosophy, University of Nevada, Reno
Subject: Heuristic Appraisal: How to Learn from the 'Future'
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, November 26th 2010
There will be no HST Colloquium this week. The University is closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, December 3rd 2010
Speaker: William C. Wimsatt, Winton Chair Visiting Professor, University of Minnesota, and Department of Philosophy, University of Chicago
Subject: Studying Cultural Evolution: Beyond the Meme?
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, December 10th 2010
No HST Colloquium this week.
Friday, December 17th 2010
There will be no colloquium this week. Finals begin.

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