Lecture to explore history and philosophy of science
As a philosopher, Isaac Newton had much to say about science, methodology, and ontology, says Pierre Boulos.
In his free public presentation "The Rise of Journal Publication: Newton, Huygens, Hooke, and Newton’s Prism," Dr. Boulos will explore an event that may shed light on Newton’smethodological and metaphysical commitments—his 1672 prism experiment and the debate that surrounded it.
"Newton was accused of promoting an unfounded hypothesis," Boulos says. "The challenges to his claim forced Newton to explicate not only the experiment and his reasoning underlying it, but it forced him also to spell out what he meant by Experimental Philosophy. This debate is important for the history and philosophy of science, as well as for giving scholars a glimpse into the peer review process."
This talk is presented by the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric (CRRAR) and scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the seminar room of Parker House, 105 Sunset Avenue.
Boulos is chair of the University of Windsor Research Ethics Board and the IT learning specialist in the School of Computer Science and the Centre for Teaching and Learning.
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