Greene to lecture on origins of modern science

Assembly series talk also annual Thomas Hall Lecture

Mott T. Greene, PhD, the John B. Magee Professor of Science and Values at the University of Puget Sound, will present “Alfred Wegener and the Origins of Modern Earth Science in the Theory of Continental Drift” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, in McMillan Hall, Room 149.


This Assembly Series lecture, free and open to the public, also is the Thomas S. Hall Lecture in the History of Science. The annual Hall lecture is sponsored by the Department of Biology in Arts & Sciences.

With the sophisticated methods scientists now access, it is interesting to think about how great discoveries were made a century ago. Greene, a geologist and MacArthur Fellow, has done just that.

In his upcoming book, Alfred Wegener: Life and Scientific Work, Greene examines the work of Wegener, the first earth scientist who recognized the importance of using data from other disciplines. Greene believes this widening of focus was key to Wegener’s discovery of continental drift.

Additionally, Greene has written two other books, Natural Knowledge in Preclassical Antiquity and Geology in the Nineteenth Century: Changing Views of a Changing World.

Greene earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in 1967 and a master’s and doctorate from the University of Washington in 1974 and 1978, respectively.

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