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Can physics and mathematics solve the climate problem?


Christopher Essex, professor of applied mathematics at the University of Western Ontario, will speak at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, in 115 Shideler Hall as part of the Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar program.

He will explore the troubles of today’s climate as a problem of fundamental science, discussing why the problem cannot be solved using current approaches. Essex co-discovered the entropy production paradox, co-wrote award-winning Taken by Storm: The Troubled Science, Policy, and Politics of Global Warming (Donner Prize) and currently serves on the governing board of the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Sponsors of the lecture include Phi Beta Kappa, department of physics, Iota of Ohio, department of geology and environmental earth sciences, and the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will be immediately followed by a reception.

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