OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Noted historian to deliver OSU Horning Lecture

04/29/2005

CORVALLIS - John L. Heilbron, a noted historian with ties to the University of Oxford and the University of California at Berkeley, will speak at Oregon State University on Thursday, May 5, on the scientific revolution that included Copernicus, Galileo and Newton.

His talk, "Wanted: The SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION, Dead or Alive," begins at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union's Joyce Powell Leadership Center. It is free and open to the public.

Heilbron's talk will focus on a period called "The Scientific Revolution," which lasted from the 16th- to the 18th-century and included many significant scientific accomplishments and people. Although the period may have lasted too long to be considered a revolution, Heilbron says, it nonetheless may merit the tag because of the importance of the scientific developments.

A professor emeritus of history from UC-Berkeley, Heilbron is a member of the modern history faculty at Worcester College at Oxford. A wide-ranging scholar, he has studied everything from classical Euclidean geometry to the emergence of quantum physics and 20th-century particle physics.

He has written several books and articles, edits a professional journal, and holds numerous honorary degrees.

His OSU appearance is part of the 2004-05 Horning Lecture Series, "Scientific Revolutions New and Old."