The Nerenberg Lecture Series recognizes accomplished people having extraordinary and authentic things to say to a broad audience on the great ideas of our age relating to science and mathematics.
The Nerenberg Lecture is named after the late Morton (Paddy) Nerenberg, a much loved professor and researcher born on 17 March - hence his nickname. He was a Professor at Western for more than a quarter century, and a founding member of the Department of Applied Mathematics. He was a successful researcher and an accomplished teacher, who believed in the unity of knowledge. He believed that scientific and mathematical ideas belong to everyone, and that they are of human importance. He regretted that they had become inaccessible to so many, and anticipated serious consequences from it. He died in 1993 at the age of 57. He is survived by his children Albert, Ben, and Simone. The series honors his appreciation for the democracy of ideas.
This free public lecture series seeks to make the important, the surprising and the little known discoveries of science and mathematics accessible to all.