The Universe: A Book Written in the Mathematical – and Programming – Language

Thursday, March 4
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Neubauer Collegium via Zoom
5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Lecture by Daniele Macuglia

Assistant Professor, Department of History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Peking University

Research Leader, Molecular Dynamics Project, Neubauer Collegium

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.”