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Amherst physics professor to give building technology lecture

Arthur Zajonc, a physics professor at Amherst College, will give a talk titled "Falling Light: A History of Light, Space and Human Perception" for the Historical Perspectives on Building Technology lecture series sponsored by the MIT Department of Architecture on Monday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. in Room 7-431.

Zajonc has taught at Amherst since 1978. He has been visiting professor and research scientist at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, and the universities of Rochester, Innsbruck, and Hannover. Zajonc lectures widely on the foundations of quantum physics and the history and philosophy of science. He is author of "Catching the Light," co-author of "The Quantum Challenge," and co-editor of "Goethe's Way of Science." In 1997 he served as scientific coordinator of The New Physics and Cosmology, the sixth Mind and Life Dialogue with H.H. the Dalai Lama. His book "Dialogues with the Dalai Lama on the New Physics and Cosmology" will appear from Oxford University Press. He has been a Fulbright Scholar, President of the Anthroposophical Society in America and the Lindisfarne Association. Zajonc is a founding member of the Kira Institute, an organization that explores the interface between science and values.

For more information on the lecture, contact John Ochsendorf at 617-253-4087 or

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