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U.Va. Talks On April 20 Will Explore "Surprising Partnership" In Science And Literature

April 3, 2001-- The interplay between science and literature will be explored during two April 20 talks that are part of the University of Virginia’s free "Engaging the Mind" lecture series in Virginia Beach.

Carl Trindle, a U.Va. chemistry professor who frequently leads discussions as part of a Great Books Seminar at the University, will describe the ways science and literature combine during talks to be held at two Virginia Beach locations. A 3 p.m. lecture will be held at First Colonial Inn at 845 First Colonial Road. The 7 p.m. session will be held at the Virginia Beach Central Library at 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.

During his talks, Trindle will address the scientific origins of science fiction and mystery as well as literature’s human perspective on those who pursue science. Trindle, who has published articles on the science in Thomas Pynchon’s novel "Gravity’s Rainbow" and on artist Georges Seurat’s use of color theory, believes the interplay between science and literature enriches life.

"Can science -- which seeks universal law, preoccupies itself with matter, and expresses itself in the difficult language of mathematics -- establish a happy partnership with literature --which values the particular, emphasizes emotion and expresses itself only as clearly as words can manage? The answer is ‘yes,’" says Trindle, who calls the two a "surprising partnership."

The U.Va. lecture series, which started March 23, demonstrates the University’s strong commitment to outreach activities and highlights faculty expertise, according to Richard Hoehlein, director of the Hampton Roads Center of U.Va.’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. In the last lecture of the series on May 18, anthropology professor Fred Damon will analyze the role elections play in American culture.

The series is sponsored by U.Va.’s Hampton Roads Center and Faculty Senate Speakers Bureau, in cooperation with the Office of the Vice President for Research and Public Service.

To reserve free tickets for the series, contact the Hampton Roads Center at (757) 552-1890, ext. 10, or uvahamptonroads@virginia.edu.

Contact: Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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