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Date: October 19, 2000

Nobel Prize Winner Speaks at UVic

Dr. Martin Perl, 1995 Nobel Prize winner in Physics, will provide a free public lecture Thursday, October 26, 7:30 p.m. in room C103 of the David F. Strong Building at UVic.

Perl's talk, part of the Lansdowne Lecture series, will focus on aspects of science frequently overlooked in the history, philosophy and sociology of scientific research.

Perl is credited with the surprising discovery, in 1975, of an elementary particle known as the tau lepton which led to the Nobel Prize he shared with Dr. Frederick Reines. The Nobel is one of many achievements in Perl's 45-year research career.

Perl is currently based at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) at Stanford University in California where he continues to be active in particle physics research, but also devotes time to the analysis of the interaction of science with society and government.

In his lecture -- titled "Craft and Art in Experimental Science" -- Perl will draw from his experience in experimental physics to discuss how scientists choose experiments, the use and misuse of "obsession" in research, the denial of anxiety in experimental science, the art of knowing enough but not too much, good and bad colleagues in research, and the difficulty in finding a good idea in science.

Presented by the UVic department of physics and astronomy.
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