Physicist Francesco Calogero, who accepted the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of Pugwash, will speak on campus this week.
Cool numbers, nuclear disarmament and social responsibility may make unusual lecture combinations, but these topics will be explored when Italian physicist Francesco Calogero speaks on campus this week.
Calogero is professor emeritus in the physics department of the University of Rome “La Sapienza.” His current research is focused on isochronous systems and related mathematical results.
But that’s only part of his story.
The physicist is also active in the community of scientists concerned with nuclear disarmament. He has published hundreds of papers and numerous books on arms control. He served as secretary general of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. In that role, he accepted the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize, jointly awarded to Pugwash and Joseph Rotblat.
Now he brings that expertise to the Concordia community.
“Francesco Calogero is knowledgeable on current and pressing issues concerning nuclear arms,” says Dr. Oksana Bihun, assistant professor of mathematics. “Our students may have a chance to make a positive influence on affairs related to nuclear arms, as responsible citizens of the world, after they graduate from Concordia College.”
Interest in nuclear disarmament has a history at Concordia. In 1982 the college hosted a Nuclear Awareness Panel that included Dr. Peter Hovde (moderator), James Johnson, Martin Sovik and Dr. Carl Bailey.
Calogero will give the T.C. Wollan Lecture on “Cool Numbers” at 4 p.m. today; the lecture “A World Free of Nuclear Weapons: Desirable? Feasible?” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13; and the Oen Fellowship Lecture “The Social Responsibility of Scientists: the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.