The metabolism of ancient Greek in modern physics


Mr Murray Kane, UQ
This colloquium will be held 3 pm, 30th October, in Parnell 07-222.

Over 90% of the special vocabulary of science in English is constituted by ancient Greek and Latin lexical roots, and these languages continue to provide the material for coining terms to describe entities, processes and concepts brought to light through experiment and the theorization that takes place in relation to these. In this talk, I will focus on ancient Greek, and take a light-hearted synoptic tour through the use of ancient Greek words and concepts in contemporary physics, as well as discussing some of the reasons for why physicists such as Schroedinger and Heisenberg found the Greek ‘physikoi’ so interesting.