The Hofstadter Memorial Lecture
Monday, February 28, 2000; 8:00 PM
The Department of Physics is pleased to announce
this year's Robert Hofstadter Memorial Lectures, to be held on February
28 and 29, 2000. This year's invited speaker is Professor
Douglas Hofstadter, Professor of Computer Science and Cognitive
Science, Indiana University. Professor Hofstadter is the son of the
late Nobel Laureate and Stanford Physics Professor, Robert Hofstadter,
for whom the lectures are named. Douglas is the recipient of numerous
awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for his book, G–del,
Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid. He also has an unusually
wide range of interests and a diverse background in science, most
notably his twenty year involvement in computer modeling of
analogy-making and creativity. We are very pleased that he will be
presenting this year's lectures.
The public lecture, entitled "Musings and
Reminiscences of an Ex-Quasi-Physicist," will be an autobiographical
talk describing the speaker's arduous journey from mathematics to
physics to cognitive science.
The afternoon colloquium will be held on Tuesday,
February 29, 2000 at 4:15 PM in the same location. The colloquium is
entitled,"The Ubiquity and Power of Analogies in Physics," and will
focus on how a familiar idea in one area of physics can be transported
into another area and yield important new insights.
Please call 650-723-4347 for more information.