Inaugural lecture of Professor Hans Halvorson

The Department of Science Education at the University of Copenhagen and the Niels Bohr Archive are pleased to invite you to the inaugural lecture of Hans Halvorson, Professor in History and Philosophy of Science. Since his appointment, Halvorson has divided his time between Princeton University and the University of Copenhagen.

Title and abstract

"Bohr’s values"

More and more physicists and philosophers are saying that they don’t understand Niels Bohr’s views about quantum physics, or about science more generally. I suggest that the problem is partly due to ignoring the role of values in science, or assuming that science is subordinated to a single value (such as “finding truth”). Asking about Bohr’s values sheds much light on the kind of thinker he was, and it leads to an interesting discussion about the role that values can and should play in science.


13.30-13.40: Welcome
13.40 -14.30: Talk by Hans Halvorson: Bohr's values
14.30-15.30: Reception. Drinks and snacks

Practical information

The event is jointly hosted by the Department of Science Education and the Niels Bohr Archive and will be held at the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI) at Blegdamsvej 17, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø.

The doors are opened at 13:15 to NBI’s historic institute building (building C), where the lecture will take place in Auditorium A on the first floor (room 02-0-Ca3). After the lecture, a reception will be held, and refreshments will be served in Auditorium C (room 02-0-Ca10), located right across the hall.

The nearest metro station is "Trianglen". Bus 1A has two stops in the immediate vicinity of the venue: "Irmingersgade" and "Rigshospitalet Hovedindgang". Public parking is available at Blegdamsvej. A taxi stand can be found in front of the main entrance to Rigshospitalet at Blegdamsvej. Please note that the historic building, unfortunately, is not barrier-free. Don't hesitate to get in touch with the organizers in advance in case you require assistance.