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Quon Memorial Lecture at Northwestern Energy Options and the Environment

Quon Memorial Lecture at Northwestern Energy Options and the Environment: by Dr. Peter E. Hodgson Head Nuclear Physics Laboratory and Senior Fellow - Corpus Christi , College, Oxford, UK
Quon Memorial Lecture 
April 23, 4 PM 
Tech LR5, Northwestern University, Evanston Campus 

Jimmie E. Quon Memorial Lecture* 

Energy Options and the Environment 
by Dr. Peter E. Hodgson 
Head Nuclear Physics Laboratory and Senior Fellow - Corpus Christi 
College, Oxford, UK

We live at a very favored moment in world history in terms of energy resources. Oil and coal are plentiful; however it is estimated that the former will last no more than 100 years at the present rate of consumption, and the latter no more than a few hundred years. Furthermore, coal and oil are seriously polluting and contribute to global warming and climate change. Then too, energy demands are increasing rapidly and the poorer countries need much more just to survive. How can we find and deploy this energy without doing in our environment. The alternative energy sources of wind, solar, wave, tidal, biomass, geothermal, hydro and nuclear always need examination using metrics of capacity, reliability, cost, safety and effects on the environment. The choice is complex and varies within and between countries of our world. Energy always must be conserved and particular needs of poorer countries need consideration when framing and implementing energy policies. Finally, It is essential to make decisions in accord with objective factual analyses and assiduously inform the political process to avoid all to frequent and excessive distortions. The energy options and elements mentioned will be broadened with informative examples.

Peter E. Hodgson has lectured and tutored physics at Oxford for about 40 years, and has been engaged on research in nuclear physics for more than 50 years. He has written about 12 books and 300 research articles and was a member of the Council of the Atomic Scientists' Association and formerly edited its journal. A member of the Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs since its inception in 1955 he has written several books on the impact of nuclear physics on society. He has lectured and written many articles on energy and the environment and published two books on the same in the last four years. He has also lectured and published in history and philosophy of science, society and religion and has been editor of Science and Religion Forum Reviews. He directs the Science and Religion programs at U. of Chicago affiliate Lumen Christi Institute.

Monday April 23, 2001 Tech LR5, 4:00 PM Reception follows in the Dean Cohen Faculty Commons (fourth floor - north), 5:00 PM

*Co-sponsored by Northwestern University student environmental organizations - SEED and ENVEUS and University of Chicago affiliated - Lumen Christi Institute

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