“Learning from Leonardo” with Fritjof Capra on November 17th

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We are so proud to host world-renowned physicist and author Fritjof Capra at our November Meeting!

Leonardo da Vinci, the great master painter and genius of the Renaissance, has been the subject of hundreds of scholarly and popular books. However, there are surprisingly few books about Leonardo’s science. Moreover, many authors who have discussed his scientific work have looked at it through Newtonian lenses, which has often prevented them from understanding its essential nature.

In this lecture, Fritjof Capra will present a novel interpretation of Leonardo’s science–from the perspective of twenty-first-century scientific thought. Studying Leonardo from this perspec- tive allows us to appreciate his unique synthesis of science and art, and the great relevance of his legacy to our time.

Fritjof Capra, Ph.D., physicist and system theorist, is the author of seven international bestsellers, including The Tao of Physics, The Web of Life and The Hidden Connections. His new book, Learning from Leonardo is being published by Berrett-Koehler and is coming out in November 2013. He is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley. He is on the faculty of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program of UC Berkeley and also teaches at Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies in England. His website is www.fritjofcapra.net


Our featured member author is John Putnam, who will be telling tales from the California Gold Rush.

June 17th SPEAKER — “Sci-Fi Speaks!” with AYIZE JAMA-EVERETT

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Join acclaimed science-fiction  author Ayize Jama-Everett  as he delves into the history of the pulp genre and considers  its relationship to  literature, gender, and race.  Focusing mostly on  science  fiction, Ayize will lecture on the connection between pulp novels of the early 19th century and the comic-book age of the thirties, which in turn impacted the current media landscape of science fiction and fantasy literature.  Expect a lively and engaging journey from the early publishing days of Amazing Stories to the current controversy around e-books.

Ayize Jama-Everett, author of The Liminal People (Small Beers Press, 2012), was born in New York City but considers Oakland his home.  He has  lived in New Hampshire, London, Morocco, and now the Bay Area.  He’s worked in a variety of social service positions and currently serves as a therapist at a  private prep school.  He is also a professor and graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry, a local Unitarian Universalist Seminary.  He teaches in the religion, psychology, and culture concentration, offering such classes as “The Sacred and the Substance: Substance use in and out of religious ritual” and “The Theology of Science Fiction.”  When he’s not writing or teaching, he’s usually drinking aged rums and practicing his aim.

Mark your calendar: June 17th, 2 p.m. Oakland Public Library.