University of Pittsburgh
March 8, 2000

"FIND OUT WHY" LECTURE SERIES RETURNS FOR SECOND YEAR

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH, March 9 -- "Find Out Why," the lecture series sponsored by the Bayer Corporation and presented by the University of Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science, returns to the Carnegie Science Center's Science Stage on three consecutive Sundays, March 26, April 2, and 9, with looks at life sciences, infinity, space and time, and the brain's perception of the mind. All lectures are free and open to the public.

The dates, topics, speakers, and brief descriptions are:

"Aristotle and the Discovery of Life Science," by James Lennox, director of Pitt's Center for Philosophy of Science and professor of history and philosophy of science. Sunday, March 26, at 3 p.m.

It is one thing to invent a new scientific theory—but how do you invent a new science? In the 4th century B.C., Aristotle invented the science of biology, and by looking at his achievement we can explore this puzzling question.

"Paradoxes of Infinity, Space and Time," by John Norton, professor of history and philosophy of science. Sunday, April 2, at 3 p.m.

The notions of infinity, space and time rapidly lead us to the most perplexing paradoxes. Can we escape them with careful thought and the ideas of present science, or must we succumb to confusion?

Sunday, April 9, at 3 p.m.: "Can the Brain Know What's on your Mind?," by Peter Machamer, associate director of the Center for Philosophy of Science and professor of history and philosophy of science.

How can we know about ourselves? Is the information I have about me like the information I have about you? Exciting discoveries in the neurosciences may help us answer these perplexing questions.

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