IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - The Same With a Difference: adaptation between transformation and persistence of structure (Dr Pascal Nicklas, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz))
‘Adaptation’ describes in nature and culture both a process and a product. The concept is extremely helpful in the sciences and the humanities alike. In this lecture Dr Pascal Nicklas will look at the different concepts in the sciences and the humanities of adapting structures and how they can be mutually enlightening. We will see that the precarious balance between conserving old structures and innovative adjustment is one of the central aspects of adaptation which is probably the most important mode of creation and imagination in culture.
This lecture is free and open to all.
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