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10-05-2011

"Mathematics & Physics -- from Discord to Harmony" at Clarkson University Science Cafe October 12

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“Mathematics and/vs. Physics -- from Discord to Harmony” will be discussed by Virginia Tech Professor Royce K.P. Zia at the next Science Café at La Casbah, 6 Elm Street in Potsdam, on Wednesday, October 12, at 7:15 p.m.

Virginia Tech Professor Royce K.P. ZiaTo most, mathematics and physics seem indistinguishable, since they appear to be speaking “the same language.” Yet, they are distinct and, as in any marriage, their relationship ranges over the full spectrum as each pursues his or her own goals.

Join Zia on his second visit to the Science Café for a lively, stimulating discussion of the relationship between the two disciplines.

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

Find out more about Clarkson's Science Cafe at http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe.

E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at ScienceCafe@clarkson.edu with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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