Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy: 21st June 2007
Are you curious about the human genome project, but intimidated by ivory-tower scientists? Do you wonder whether the Big Bang actually happened? Is there life beyond earth? What happens when stars collide? What are the social implications of nanotechnology?
T2F’s Science Ka Adda, hosted by Zakir Thaver, is a platform for debate and discussion about science and how it impacts our lives. Join us, in an informal café setting, to discover new ideas in science and technology, interact with scientists, and satiate your curiosity.
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy, one of Pakistan’s most eminent scientists, has agreed to come on board as the Chairperson of T2F’s Science Ka Adda.
From Quarks to Humans:
A Presentation and Talk by Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy on 21st June at T2F
Take a journey through 13 billion years, from the big bang to the early universe, to stellar formation, to the creation of the earth and life — and beyond. Find out what matter is, how simple non-living atoms on primitive Earth combined to make the molecules needed for life and what life’s future is on Earth. How do we know what we know? What sort of evidence do we have to back our claims? What questions remain unanswered? Are we alone?
Join us at T2F for a presentation followed by an informal discussion with Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy.
Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy received his Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, Master’s in Solid State Physics, and Ph.D in Nuclear Physics, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been a faculty member at the Department of Physics, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad since 1973. In 1984 he received the Abdus Salam Prize for Mathematics and, earlier, the Baker Award for Electronics. He is Chairman of Mashal, a non-profit organization that publishes books in Urdu on women’s rights, education, environmental issues, philosophy, and modern thought.
Dr. Hoodbhoy has written and spoken extensively on topics ranging from science in Islam to education issues in Pakistan and nuclear disarmament. He produced a 13-part documentary series in Urdu for Pakistan Television on critical issues in education, and two other major television series aimed at popularizing science. He is author of Islam and Science: Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality, now available in 5 languages. His writings have appeared in Dawn, The News, Frontier Post, Muslim, Newsline, Herald, Jang, and overseas in Le Monde, Japan Times, Washington Post, Asahi, Seattle Times, Post-Intelligencer, Frontline, The Hindu, and Chowk Magazine. He has been an engaged speaker at more than twenty US campuses including MIT, Princeton, Univ. of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins University. He has appeared on several TV and radio networks (BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, PBS, NPR, Fox) to analyze political developments in South Asia.
Date: Thursday, 21st June, 2007