Topic: 
"Four Facts Everyone Ought to Know About Science"
Date: 
Friday, September 7, 2018 - 3:35pm
Speaker: 
Andrew Zangwill
School of Physics
Georgia Institute of Technology

In 1994, the Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist Philip Anderson published an article in The Daily Telegraph of London titled "Four facts everyone ought to know about science." His "facts'' are not likely the ones you would choose and my talk draws on extensive biographical research to analyze his choices in detail. What scientific and personal experiences led him to his list? What do his choices say about the scientific philosophy of someone with a legitimate claim to have been the most influential physicist of the second half of the twentieth century?  I discuss whether his  choices were warranted in 1994 and  whether the events of the subsequent twenty-five years might cause him to revise his list.