Public Divination Lecture: "Perfect Model: The Past, Present, and Future of Prediction"

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The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University presents a free public lecture by acclaimed author and mathematician David Orrell on "Perfect Model: The Past, Present, and Future of Prediction," Thursday, April 18, 2013 at the Geological Lecture Hall (24 Oxford St., Cambridge) at 6:00 PM.

Orrell will explore the history and the challenges of prediction, from the oracle at Delphi up to the latest methods being developed in areas such as systems biology and economics. Orrell argues that our search for the "perfect model" of prediction often reveals as much about our sense of aesthetics as it does about the future. Two of his most recent books are Truth or Beauty: Science and the Quest for Order and The Future of Everything: The Science of Prediction.

A reception will follow at the Peabody Museum (11 Divinity Avenue). The lecture is the seventh in a year-long series about divination (from the Latin divinare – “to foresee, to be inspired by a god,”) and the many ways that humans attempt to understand the present and divine the future.


Divination lecture seriesLook for the tarot card icon on the Peabody Museum calendar for more lectures on divination.










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