Tyndall Lecture @ FM-2017, 14 Dec 1440-1540h

This annual lecture sponsored by the GEC Focus Group offers a historical perspective on global environmental change.  The lecture is named in honor of 19th century Irish-born scientist John Tyndall FRS, whose measurements in the mid-century confirmed the significance of the greenhouse effect, which had been first hypothesized by French mathematician/physicist Joseph Fourier in 1824.

The 2017 lecture will be presented by Dr. James R. Fleming, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Colby College and a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution, on Thursday, December 14, from 2:40 to 3:40 PM, in the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – La Nouvelle AB Ballroom.  The topic will be “Gordian Knots of Prevision: the Lessons of History,” in which Professor Fleming will discuss the work of four interconnected generations of scientists (Vilhelm Bjerknes, C.-G. Rossby, Harry Wexler,  and Ed Lorenz) and the influence of four transformative technologies (radio, nuclear, computation, and aerospace) from the dawn of applied fluid dynamics to the emergence of the interdisciplinary atmospheric sciences and the new Gordian Knot of chaos.

The Tyndall Lecture will be live-streamed and recorded on AGU On-Demand for those AGU members unable to attend in person.