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Lectures are free and open to the public and are followed by a question-and-answer period.
For a complete list of spring semester lectures, download the 2018 Spring Semester Dean's Lecture Series Schedule.
Recordings and transcripts of lectures are available on the SJC Digital Archives site.
7:30 p.m., Great Hall
Speaker: Howard Fisher, St. John's College, Santa Fe
There is a remarkable analogy between vibrating bodies and oscillating electrical circuits. Even the mechanical properties elasticity and inertia have their electrical analogs. But for the analogy to be complete, should there not also be an electrical counterpart to the body as well as to its properties? Yet what kind of “body,” or analogy to body, can an electric circuit represent? This is the first of two talks on electromagnetic oscillations.
3:15 p.m., Junior Common Room
Oscillations in an electrical circuit necessarily produce electromagnetic waves in space; and space itself turns out to have characteristics that are glaringly analogous to the mechanical properties of vibrating bodies. How firm, then, is the distinction between matter and space? Ought we perhaps to regard space itself, insofar as it supports electromagnetic waves, as a vibrating body?
Speaker: Jay Smith, St. John's College, Santa Fe
This lecture is part of the Carol J. Worrell Series on Literature