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Robert L. Park on The Language of Science
Sunday, February 12, 2012, 2:00 PM
City of Fairfax Regional Library
10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA
The seven billion human inhabitants of Earth are divided among 133 sovereign states that conduct their affairs in 116 official languages. Political boundaries, however, are an obstacle to understanding the natural world. The language of science is mathematics, in which complex descriptions of natural law can be exchanged without passing a word. Scientific mathematics has defeated pestilence, famine, war and religion. Although its only weapon is knowledge, that's enough.
Our speaker will be Robert L. Park, former chair of Physics of the University of Maryland and the Washington Voice of Physics for the American Physical Society. For twenty years he divided his time between the University and the Washington Office, often testifying before Congress, appearing on television and radio news programs, and writing op-eds for major newspapers. In 2003 he returned to the University full time. Dr. Park continues to write the occasionally controversial What's New. He is the author of Voodoo Science: the Road from Foolishness to Fraud (Oxford, 2000), and Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science (Princeton, 2008).