Monday, 17 February 2014
Columbus AB (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
American physicist Arthur Holly Compton (1892-1962), who shared the Nobel Prize with C. T. R. Wilson in 1927, was a leading public intellectual in the decades surrounding World War II. A very active Presbyterian, Compton’s “modernist” Christian beliefs influenced his views on several important topics about which he wrote extensively: evolution and the design argument, human freedom and the limits of science, immortality, anti-Semitism, and the morality of atomic warfare. This talk briefly presents his approach to each of those topics.