Faculty Forum: Einstein's, Dee's universal theories of everything

Einstein’s ‘Theory of Everything
Where: 136 Doudna Hall UW-Platteville
Begins: Nov. 07, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Ends: Nov. 07, 2019 at 7:00 pm

The College of Liberal Arts and Education will host a faculty forum, “Einstein’s ‘Theory of Everything’ in Elizabethan England: John Dee’s Hieroglyphic Monad” in Room 136 Doudna Hall from 5-6:30 p.m.

Dr. Nancy Turner, professor of history at UW-Platteville, will provide historical background on Albert Einstein’s “Theory of Everything,” the pathbreaking theories of relativity he introduced to the world in the first decades of the 20th century. Following, she will discuss John Dee, an English mathematician, geometer, astronomer and alchemist who, in 1564, presented to the world the hieroglyphic monad, a symbol which he asserted embodied a universal theory of everything. Turner will explore the monad and its usefulness as a theory of everything, offering some proposals for what it says about the mindset and brilliance of the people of Elizabethan England.

Following Turner’s presentation, Dr. James Swenson, professor of mathematics at UW-Platteville, will talk about truth claims in mathematics. He will discuss mathematicians’ belief that mathematical knowledge has a special status with respect to truth, the ways in which views of mathematical truth have changed throughout history and the effectiveness of mathematics in describing physical reality.

The forum is free and open to university students, faculty, staff and community members. Refreshments will be provided.

The LAE Faculty Forum Series, a program instituted in the fall of 2004, is sponsored by UW-Platteville’s College of LAE. The purpose of the forum is to allow faculty to present information in their research areas. Presenters tailor their presentations to a general audience.