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Nobel-winning physicist and his art critic son debate creativity

April 17, 2012

April 26, Thursday -- Martin Perl, winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in physics, and his son, Jed Perl, art critic for The New Republic, will discuss the creative process in science and the arts beginning at 8 p.m. at the UC Davis Conference Center. Their discussion will be moderated by Dean Simonton, distinguished professor of psychology at UC Davis. The event is free and open to the public.

Martin Perl is a professor at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and Stanford University. He shared the 1995 Nobel Prize in physics for his discovery of a subatomic particle, the tau lepton. Jed Perl has been art critic for The New Republic since 1994. He is the author of a number of books, including "New Art City: Manhattan at Mid-Century" (2005), which was an Atlantic Monthly best book of the year and a New York Times notable book. Jed Perl is currently a visiting professor of liberal studies at The New School in New York City.

Simonton has written extensively on genius and creativity in science and art. Among his current projects is an upcoming book, the "Handbook of Genius," to be published by Wiley-Blackwell. He is also president of the Society of General Psychology.

The event is sponsored by the UC Davis College of Letters and Science, the Office of University Development, Department of Physics, and the Art Studio Program.

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