Evelyn Fox Keller: The Fauvel Lecture

Evelyn Fox Keller: The Fauvel Lecture

Saturday 14 October 2017 - 18.30 to 19.30
Parliament Hall, South St, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9JU

Evelyn Fox Keller (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), will give The Fauvel Lecture, entitled Mathematics in Biology - Has D'Arcy Thompson been vindicated?

Tickets are free, but booking is essential.

Evelyn Fox Keller is one of the most internationally respected historians of science. A physicist, author and feminist, she is currently Professor Emerita of the History & Philosophy of Science at MIT. Beginning her career in theoretical physics, she moved on to work in molecular biology before becoming renowned for her work as a feminist critic of science. Her books include Keywords in Evolutionary Biology (1998), The Century of the Gene (2000) and Making Sense of Life: Explaining Biological Development with Models, Metaphors, and Machines (2002). The latter has a particular focus on mathematical biology and in her lecture she will discuss the legacy of D’Arcy Thompson’s work.

The Fauvel Lecture, supported by the British Society for the History of Mathematics, is named in honour of John Fauvel. John was President for the British Society for the History of Mathematics from 1991-94, an inspiring teacher, and a great promoter of interdisciplinary connections.

This public lecture forms part of a 3-day interdisciplinary conference celebrating the centenary of D'Arcy Thompson's "On growth and form", being organised at the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews. For conference details and registration see https://www.ongrowthandform.org/conference/. Early bird registration for the 3-day conference closes 31 August.