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Is Science Western in Origin? Asks Visiting Lecturer

Wednesday
May 1, 2013
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The Birzeit University Ibn Rushd Unit for Educational Development held a lecture entitled, "Is Science Western?” on April 29, 2013. The lecture was delivered by professor Chandra Raju from India, who has authored 12 books and dozens of articles, mainly on the subjects of physics, mathematics, and the history and philosophy of science.

"Science is a cumulative process,” Raju told the attendees, “that builds on what others have achieved, whereas science is not separated from circumstances and historical grounds." He said that he refuses to assign science to the west or to any other region, but rather "to the human mind in different times and places."

A summary of Professor Raju’s ideas can be found in an article (http://www.twnside.org.sg/title2/resurgence/2012/266-267/cover09.htm) at the Third World Network.

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