J. James Woods - Lectures in the Sciences & Mathematics

2004 - 2005 Series

The Physicist as Novelist

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Alan Lightman is a novelist and physicist who teaches in the writing program at MIT. Lightman has written four novels, including Einstein's Dreams and The Diagnosis, as well as essays and books on physics and its history.

Genes, Genomes and Disease

Tuesday, November 9, 2004

Chris Ponting is Professor of Bioinformatics at the University of Oxford and programme leader in the MRC Functional Genetics Unit. In 2000-01 Ponting was part of the Human Genome Project Consortium. He has used computers to study the DNA of mice, rats, chimps and chickens.

Chance, Risk, Probability and Gambling

Thursday, February 3, 2005

Simon Singh is an author and journalist specializing in mathematics and physics. Singh, who holds a Ph.D. in particle physics, is the author of Fermat's Enigma and The Code Book.

The Science of Magic and the Magic of Science

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Bob Friedhoffer is a professional magician and science educator who has lectured and performed at schools and colleges across the country. Friedhoffer is the author of books on physics and magic as well as science books for children.

The Science of Good and Evil

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Michael Shermer is a historian of science and director of the Skeptics Society. A leading authority on the relationship between science, pseudo-science and superstition, his books include Why People Believe Wierd Things and How We Believe: Science, Skepticism and the Search for God.