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12/11: St. John’s Tutor, Peter Pesic, wins History of Science Society’s Hazen Education Prize for Excellence in Education

Originally Posted on admin, December 11, 2013

Santa Fe News

St. John’s Tutor, Peter Pesic, wins History of Science Society’s Hazen Education Prize for Excellence in Education

Gabe Gomez
St. John’s College
(505) 660-1616

(SANTA FE, NM) The History of Science Society (HSS) has awarded the 2013 Joseph H. Hazen Education Prize to Peter Pesic, a Tutor and Musician-in-Residence at St. John’s College in Santa Fe. The prize is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the teaching of history of science.

A physicist, historian, and pianist, Pesic navigates the interdisciplinary curriculum at St. John’s with aplomb. He engages his students not only in the canonical texts, but also in hands-on observations and laboratory experiences that replicate famous experiments where possible.  His students explore the fundamental scientific questions posed from the time of Aristotle to modern physics and genetics, but are asked to think critically on their own.

The Hazen Prize Committee praised Pesic as “an excellent scholar, a gifted musician, and a concerned mentor of students, who has charted new ways of bringing our field to the attention of many outside it.”

Pesic earned his A.B. from Harvard University, and his M.S and Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has been a Tutor at St. John's College, Santa Fe since 1980 and is currently a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. He is the author of Labyrinth: A Search for the Hidden Meaning of Science (2000); Seeing Double: Shared Identities in Physics, Philosophy, and Literature (2002); Abel's Proof: An Essay on the Sources and Meaning of Mathematical Unsolvability (2003); and Sky in a Bottle (2005), all published by MIT Press.

The History of Science Society is the world's largest society dedicated to understanding science, technology, medicine, and their interactions with society in historical context. Over 3,000 individual and institutional members across the world support the Society's mission to foster interest in the history of science and its social and cultural relations.

The Joseph H. Hazen Educational Prize is named in honor of a long-time supporter of the HSS and was endowed by his daughter, Cynthia Hazen Polsky. Prizes were formally presented a ceremony on Saturday, November 23rd in Boston, MA at the annual meeting of the History of Science Society.

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