Scientist To Give Talk On ‘Cosmic Evolution’



Washington and Lee University will present a public lecture by Eric Chaisson, a world-class scientist and researcher from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, on Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. in Lee Chapel.

Chaisson’s lecture is titled “Cosmic Evolution” and is the keynote address of the New Perspectives on Evolution Symposium supported by the Johnson Program at W&L.

Chaisson’s research addresses an interdisciplinary, thermodynamic study of physical, biological and cultural phenomena as he seeks to understand the origin and evolution of galaxies, stars, planets, life and society to devise a unifying cosmic-evolutionary worldview of the universe and the human sense of place within it.

The lecture and symposium are sponsored by the Rupert H. Johnson Jr. Program in Leadership and Integrity and is an interdepartmental collaboration among Nicolaas Rupke, the Rupert. H. Johnson Professor of History; Chris Connors, William E. Pritchard III ’80 Professor of Geology; Larry Hurd, Herwick Professor of Biology; and Greg Cooper, professor of philosophy.

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