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Evidence in the Natural Sciences

Friday, May 30, 2014
5:15 pm - 6:45 pm

What is the difference between evidence, fact, and proof? Can we quantify evidence; is something more evident than something else? What does it take to convince a scientist, a scientific community, and the general public of the correctness of a scientific result in the era of very complicated experiments, big data, and weak signals?

Hosted by the Simons Foundation and John Templeton Foundation, and in collaboration with the World Science Festival, this discussion between Brian Greene and science writer Jim Baggott will address these and related questions. It will be of interest to established researchers, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and the well-informed general public.

There will be a reception immediately following this event at 6:45.

 

Participants

Brian Greene
Brian GreenePhysicist, Author

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

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Jim BaggottScience Writer, Author

Jim Baggott is a freelance science writer and author. He received his doctorate in chemical physics at the University of Oxford and became a lecturer at the University of Reading, England, where he also ran a research team studying aspects of chemical kinetics and high-energy molecular vibrations.

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