Dr. George Gale, Basler chairholder, brings the universe to ETSU

November 9, 2000

JOHNSON CITY -- Dr. George Gale is bringing his knowledge of the universe to East Tennessee State University during the fall semester. Brought to campus through the Wayne G. Basler Chair of Excellence for the Integration of the Arts, Rhetoric and Science, Gale is sharing his expertise through classroom teaching and a series of public lectures.

A professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City since 1971, Gale is recognized as a leading expert on the history and philosophy of science, specializing in cosmology and the history of theories of the origins of the universe.

He is an editor for the journal Metascience and is currently serving as executive secretary to the Philosophy of Science Association.

Among his many publications, Gale lists a book, Theory of Science, and a work in progress, The Great Dying on the Vine: Scientific Response to the French Wine Plague, 1880-1900, to be released by Rutgers University Press. His papers have been published over the past 30 years in several languages, and he has presented his work at symposia ranging from the Soviet Academy of Science in Leningrad, Russia, to the International Leibniz Kongress in Hannover, Germany.

Gale's educational background includes a baccalaureate degree in 1965 from the University of Santa Clara, master's degree in 1967 from California State University-San Francisco, and, in 1971, a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California-Davis.

While in residence in the ETSU department of philosophy and humanities, Gale is team-teaching two classes with Dr. Niall Shanks. Those courses are entitled "Science and the Modern World" and "Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Science."

In addition, Gale is delivering a series of public lectures explaining man's theories about the universe beginning in ancient times and progressing through the ages as new ideas arose. He began with the views held by the people of the distant past, with his second lecture focusing on the discoveries of the time period from 1550 to 1750. The third lecture, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 15, expands upon the ideas of the Age of Revolution, from 1750-1850, and the final lecture, Wednesday, Nov. 29, will explain the more recent developments of quantum theory, relativity theory, and modern philosophy.

All the lectures are free and open to the public. They are presented at 7 p.m. in the Martha Street Culp Auditorium of the ETSU D.P. Culp University Center.

For further information or special seating for persons with disabilities, contact Shanks at 423-439-6622.

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