AAAS 2014 Annual Meeting features talks on science, religion, and modern physicists One of the Symposia at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) focused upon “Science, Religion, and Modern Physicists: New Studies.” The Symposium was held February 17, 2014, and its description is: “Recent work on the religious lives and beliefs of leading physicists raises interesting questions about the interaction of science and religion in the modern period. How can religious values and attitudes influence the actual practice of science? How do religious beliefs and experiences shape the ways in which scientists interpret science for non-scientific audiences? These questions are addressed in this symposium, which focuses on three influential scientists who regarded themselves as religious and who wrote about science for wider audiences: Arthur Eddington, a Quaker; Arthur Holly Compton, a Presbyterian; and Albert Einstein, a Jew.”

Matthew Stanley, New York University, spoke about Eddington; Edward B. Davis, Messiah College, spoke about Compton; and Steve Gimbel, Gettysburg College, spoke about Einstein.

The Symposium was sponsored by the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DOSER), and the news article summarizing it is at:

http://www.aaas.org/news/religion-was-force-20th-century-physics-symposium-speakers-assert

Video of the Symposium may be viewed at: http://media.aaas-science.org/services/player/bcpid2810881978001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAADFlexpk~,loqkjB2yVJxwZoJvSC1RRPGrqyBmO21A&bctid=3372102301001

Photo by Christine A. Scheller/AAAS

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