Science and Reason in the Age of Unreason | Humanities & Social Sciences

Science and Reason in the Age of Unreason

Pervez Hoodbhoy
Date and Time: 
Fri, 15/01/2016 - 12:00am
03:27 PM to 05:27 PM
LH 108 (Lecture Hall Complex)

We humans can willfully manipulate matter at the atomic level and travel deep into space. But, perhaps paradoxically, the reaction against science and reason grows stronger the world over. Drawing from experiences in Pakistan, I shall attempt to describe and understand this bizarre phenomenon.

Professor Hoodbhoy is currently Zohra and Z. Z. Ahmad Distinguished Professor of Physics and Mathematics at FC College, Lahore. He holds a Ph.D degree in nuclear physics from MIT, and has been the recipient of a number of international awards, including the Baker Award for Electronics (1968), the Abdus Salam Prize for Mathematics (1984), and the Joseph A. Burton Award from the American Physical Society (2010). In 2003 he was awarded UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for the popularization of science. In 2013, he was made a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs, a position he currently holds.