Lecture: "Freedom, Tyranny and the Pursuit of Science: The Case of Poland 1918-1950"


Location: Room 210, DeBartolo Hall

Poland Coat of Arms

A lecture about the state of sciences (physics and mathematics) in Poland in the first half of the 20th-century with Zofia Gołąb-Meyer from the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Informatics at Jagiellonian University, Poland.

Dr. Zofia Gołąb-Meyer is professor emerita of physics at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Holding her Ph.D. in high-energy physics, Dr. Gołąb-Meyer continues her teaching and conference activity even in retirement. For the last 20 years she has been devoted to physics education, science teachers’ education, and problems related to science literacy. The daughter of a mathematician interred in a Nazi concentration camp, Dr. Gołąb-Meyer is an eyewitness to the challenges faced by scientists and educators working under totalitarian regimes as well as in freedom.

Organized by Dr. Adrian J. Reimers, Department of Philosophy, and sponsored by the Department of History with additional support from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame.