• Conference
  • Auditorium
    Sorbonne Université
    Campus Pierre et Marie Curie
    4 place Jussieu 75005 Paris

Saul Perlmutter, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, will give a lecture on interdisciplinary and pedagogical topics on "Science, Reality, and Credibility: How open-minded methods of science can help our societies tackle their difficult challenges".

Auditorium - Thursday, May 23, 2019, 17h-18h30.
Free admission, conference in English.
Campus Pierre and Marie Curie - Faculty of Sciences and Engineering Sorbonne University.

This conference is aimed at master's students and teacher-researchers.

Saul Perlmutter

Saul Perlmutter is one of the three Nobel Prize-winning physicists in 2011 for their discovery of accelerating the expansion of the Universe. He is Professor of Physics at the University of California at Berkeley, where he holds the Franklin W. and Karen Weber Dabby Chair, and Research Director at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

He is responsible for the international The Supernova Cosmology Project, the director of the Berkeley Institute for Data Science and executive director of the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics.

The author of more than 200 scientific publications, Saul Perlmutter has also written several popular articles and has appeared in numerous documentaries on PBS, the Discovery Channel and the BBC.

His interest in teaching critical thinking coupled with scientific reasoning for both science and non-science students has resulted in courses taught at the University of Berkeley as part of the Sense and Sensibility and Science program.

This program, currently proposed by the University of California, Berkeley, focuses on the contribution of scientific reasoning to humanistic disciplines. It is part of the "Big Idea Courses" which are taught by the faculty members of several departments.

See the complete program

Conférence de S. Perlmutter, Nobel 2011
Conference of S. Perlmutter, Nobel 2011

Conference Summary:

There is a set of techniques and practices, a language and a culture that graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in science acquire implicitly through their studies. It is the foundation of an approach to obtain a reliable "real world" conception, shared by all scientists, but little used (or understood) by the rest of society.

Endowing future generations with the critical thinking used by scientists could be one of our most relevant defenses against confused reasoning and misinformation, which hinder the ability of our democratic societies to make deliberative decisions.

Can we explain these implicit concepts and teach them not only to scientists but also to non-scientists?

Could it help our society cope with the complex global problems—the economy, the environment—that it faces today?

How can scientific citizens use these tools to create credible and reliable sources of information on the Web and in the media?

This presentation is intended to begin a discussion.