COLLEGE STATION, April 10, 2013 – Two world-renowned Ivy League scientists and globally published and popular speakers -- one, a Cornell University applied chemist and Nobel laureate who also writes poetry and plays, and the other, a Harvard University high-energy physicist who led one of the first teams to develop antiprotons -- will visit the Texas A&M University campus this week to present their views of faith, science and society as part of the university's 12th annual Trotter Endowed Lecture Series.
Dr. Roald Hoffmann, Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters Emeritus at Cornell and co-recipient of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and Dr. Gerald Gabrielse, George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics at Harvard, will deliver a joint public lecture Friday (April 12) at 7 p.m. at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center within the Bush Library and Museum complex. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a reception in the conference center foyer.
Hoffmann, who was born in Poland and survived the Nazi occupation before emigrating to the United States in 1949, characterizes his career focus as "applied theoretical chemistry" -- his unique take on the particular blend of computations stimulated by experiment and illustrated in generalized models as frameworks for understanding as his contributions to chemistry. His talk, "Indigo: A Story of Craft, Religion, History, Science, and Culture," will explore the historic and overlapping roles the desirable blue pigment indigo continues to play across intertwined worlds, including those of science and religion, even if some would prefer those worlds remain separate.
Gabrielse, a leading researcher in the fields of matter and antimatter -- the counterbalance to known particles like protons and neutrons that was likewise created during the Big Bang but somehow lost in it -- is an in-demand presenter on the topic of interactions between his science and his Christian faith, giving upwards of 25 outside lectures each year on both popular science as well as science and religion. His talk, "God of Antimatter," will describe his work in both fields and delve into what it means to be a human being working in the sciences, specifically addressing such question as "What role does faith have in a scientist‘s life?" and "Is there more to our world than science can say?"