Eminent Physicist, Murray Gell-Mann, to Lecture on Links Between Physical World and Public Policy

in College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, News Releases, Science & Technology
November 25th, 2003

Contact: Ann Marie Menting, 617/353-2240 | amenting@bu.edu

(Boston, Mass) — The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University will present Murray Gell-Mann, recipient of the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physics, for two lectures, December 2 and 10. The evening lectures will be held at the Boston University School of Management, 595 Commonwealth Avenue.

The companion lectures, titled “Regularities and Randomness in the Past and the Future,” will address how an understanding of phenomena known to the world of physics — both persistent, unchanging events and random, incidental ones — can inform our development of long-lasting, broadly applicable public policies.
The lectures by Gell-Mann will cap the Center’s 2003-2004 distinguished lecture series. Gell-Mann has been visiting professor at the Pardee Center throughout this year. He also is a Distinguished Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute, a private, non-profit, multidisciplinary research and education center founded in 1984.

A renowned theoretical physicist, Gell-Mann received the Nobel Prize for his work in elementary particle theory, work that identified quarks as the atom’s most fundamental particles. His recent work has focused on complex adaptive systems that learn or evolve by using acquired information, for example, a strain of bacteria that develops resistance to an antibiotic.
The lectures are free and open to the public. Each will be followed by a brief reception.

The Frederick S. Pardee Center presents Murray Gell-Mann lecturing on
“Regularities and Randomness in the Past and the Future”
Tuesday, December 2
Wednesday, December 10
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. (lecture); 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (reception)
Boston University School of Management
595 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor Auditorium
Boston, Mass.

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