Academic Year 2011-2012

Event Title

Immoral Truths: Math, Science, and the Age of Enlightenment

Disciplines

Mathematics | Philosophy | Philosophy of Science

Description

The Age of Enlightenment is a period when humans replaced their subservience to nature with the confidence to understand and ultimately control the world around them. This talk discussed Copernicus’s observations of planetary motion and the independent development of calculus by Newton and Leibniz. Haskell also showed how these developments led to a new principle of epistemology that gave rise to the power of reason and dignity of humans, which triumphed during this age.

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Immoral Truths: Math, Science, and the Age of Enlightenment

The Age of Enlightenment is a period when humans replaced their subservience to nature with the confidence to understand and ultimately control the world around them. This talk discussed Copernicus’s observations of planetary motion and the independent development of calculus by Newton and Leibniz. Haskell also showed how these developments led to a new principle of epistemology that gave rise to the power of reason and dignity of humans, which triumphed during this age.