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The Universe: A Book Written in the Mathematical—and Programming—Language
This talk, sponsored by the Molecular Dynamics project at the Neubauer Collegium, will focus on the pronounced shift that occurred in the contemporary history of science from the almost exclusive focus on the formulation of scientific laws to the massive computation that we can now perform with the aid of computer technologies. This change altered the way we conceive of science, and thus reconfigured our relationship with nature. What seems clear is that the "great book which ever is before our eyes" is not solely written with "triangles, circles, and other geometrical figures," as Galileo put it, but also in a language whose symbols consist of bits, functions, and i/o channels, without which we would wander "in vain through a dark labyrinth."


This event is free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate should contact the Neubauer Collegium at collegium@uchicago.edu.

Mar 4, 2021 11:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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