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Colloquia

Fall 2016

September 9, 2016, 275 Nicholson Hall

Introductions and alumni speaker
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

September 16, 2016, 275 Nicholson Hall

"Drawing on Galileo: Art, Astronomy, and Appropriation"
Eileen Reeves
,
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

September 23, 2016, 275 Nicholson Hall

Robyn Bluhm, Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University

September 30, 2016, 275 Nicholson Hall

James Fleming,
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

October 7, 2016, 275 Nicholson Hall

Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

October 14, 2016, 275 Nicholson Hall

"The conceptual weight of Homology"
Günter Wagner
, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University
abstract

October 21, 2016, 275 Nicholson Hall

Tania Munz
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

October 28, 2016, 275 Nicholson Hall

"Forging the Moon; Or, How to Spot a Fake Galileo"
Nick Wilding

Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

November 4, 2016, 275 Nicholson Hall

Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

November 11, 2016, 275 Nicholson Hall

Margaret Morrison, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto

November 18, 2016, 275 Nicholson Hall

"The Telescope Against Copernicus— Marius, Galileo, Riccioli, and the problem of telescopic observations of stars in the early 17th century"
Christopher Graney
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Co-sponsored by the CLA Quantitative Methods Collaboration Committee

November 25, 2016
No Colloquium Thanksgiving

December 2, 2016, 275 Nicholson Hall

Marcel Weber, Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva

December 9, 2016, 275 Nicholson Hall

Marta Hanson,
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

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Abstracts for Fall 2016

"The conceptual weight of Homology"
Gunter Wagner, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University
Abstract: The homology concept, i.e. the idea that different species can have the same or corresponding body parts, is fundamental to biology but has, as many basic concepts in biology, a rather varied history. Opinions range from accepting homology as a fundament of all of biology to complete dismissal as a pure illusion. I will give a brief outline of how we arrived at this state of affairs and then make an argument for a “reformed” homology concept that is not only capture the essence of the classical theories of homology but also is able to connect to a mechanistic understanding of developmental biology. The key idea is that homology requires developmental and genetic individuality and that many of the difficulties of current applications of homology result from ignoring this problem. I will finish with the argument that evolutionary biology needs, besides population thinking (Mayr) and tree thinking (O’Hara) a third form of intellectual framework that could be called “homology thinking” (Ereshefsky 2012).

Wagner, G. P. 2014. Homology, Genes and Evolutionary Innovations. Princeton University Press.


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Unless otherwise indicated, the lectures are held on Fridays, in conjunction with the Colloquium in Studies of Science and Technology, at 3:35 PM in Room 275 Nicholson Hall.

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