Howard Burton

Friends of the Library Lecture '05

Creativity Unbound ... Pushing the Perimeter

Howard Burton

From the 2005 Friends of the Library Lecture brochure:

"During the past five years, Howard Burton has transformed the twin visions of a world-class research institute and national educational/outreach programs into a thriving reality.

The result is Perimeter Institute — an independent, non-profit, resident-based organization dedicated to exploring foundational issues in theoretical physics at the very highest international standards while sharing the joy of scientific inquiry and discovery with students, teachers, and the general public via a full spectrum of enrichment programs that are delivered from coast to coast.

As Executive Director, Burton directs all aspects of the Institute's research and outreach initiatives by working with the Institute's Board of Directors, Advisory Council, and the full-time research staff. He is also responsible for recruiting top researchers to participate in this cutting-edge think-tank.

Burton received a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Philosophy, plus an Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. Following his studies at the University of Toronto, he received a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Waterloo. Published in 1998, Howard Burton's PhD dissertation is entitled 'On the Palatini Variation and Connection Theories of Gravity.'

Burton writes a regular column in The Record and has initiated a myriad of programs. He is responsible for the Perimeter Institute's educational outreach program involving monthly public lectures attracting audiences of over 500 people. Attracting high school students worldwide, Burton has also initiated the Institute's International Summer School for Young Physicists. Other outreach contributions include the annual Einstein Plus National Teacher's Workshop and other teacher and student seminars held across Canada.

In addition to his scientific interests, Burton has a deep abiding passion for music, theatre, and literature.

May 17, 2005"


The Friends of the Library is a group of alumni, faculty, staff, and local community members interested in promoting the collections, services, and needs of the University of Waterloo Library.

The Friends are proud to salute the following University of Waterloo writers, artists, and musicians who have had works published in 2004.


Author Title of Work
Andrews, Gordon C. Canadian Professional Engineering and Geoscience: Practice and Ethics
Andrews, Gordon C.
Aplevich, J. Dwight 
Fraser, Roydon A. 
MacGregor, Carolyn 
Ratz, Herbert C.
Introduction to Professional Engineering in Canada
Bow, Patricia Chimpanzee Rescue: Changing the Future for Endangered Wildlife
  The Bone Flute
Burns, Catherine M. Ecological Interface Design
Bury, Rhiannon Cyberspaces of Their Own: Female Fandoms Online
Carrington, Peter Models and Methods in Social Network Analysis
Curchin, Leonard A. The Romanization of Central Spain: Complexity, Diversity and Change in a Provincial Hinterland
Dagg, Anne Innis "Love of Shopping" Is Not a Gene: Problems with Darwinian Psychology
Dawson, Lorne L. Religion Online: Finding Faith on the Internet
Denton, Diana Spirituality, Action, & Pedagogy: Teaching from the Heart
  Holistic Learning and Spirituality in Education: Breaking New Ground
English, John
Gwyn, Richard
Lackenbauer, P. Whitney
The Hidden Pierre Elliot Trudeau: The Faith Behind the Politics
Epp, Marlene Sisters or Strangers: Immigrant, Ethnic, and Racialized Women in Canadian History
Farrelly, Colin An Introduction to Contemporary Political Theory
Funk, Nathan C. Ameen Rihani: Bridging East and West: A Pioneering Call for Arab-American Understanding
Gardner, James Alan Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Man of Bronze
  Radiant
Goyder, John Technology and Society: A Canadian Perspective
Gutiérrez, Mariela A. Rosario Ferré en su Edad de Oro
Havitz, Mark The Diverse Worlds of Unemployed Adults: Consequences for Leisure, Lifestyle, and Well-being
Hollands, K. G. Terry Thermal Radiation Fundamentals
Jernigan, Kim The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers & Writing
Kirton, Douglas Exhibit
Leung, Bosco VLSI for Wireless Communication
Lyons, Harriet Irregular Connections: A History of Anthropology and Sexuality
McGill, Stuart Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance
Nelson, Adie Gender in Canada
  Law & Society
  Sociology: Your Compass for a New World
Poirier, Guy Littérature et culture francophones de Colombie-Britannique: espaces culturels francophones
Reimer, A. James Paul Tillich: Theologian of Nature, Culture and Politics
  Das Gebet als Grundakt des Glaubens: Philosophisch-theologische Überlegungen zum Gebetsverständnis Paul Tillichs
Sedra, Adel Microelectronic Circuits
Seljak, David Religion and Ethnicity in Canada
Semple, John C. An Introduction to Fungi, Algae and Plants: Their Morphology, Classification and Evolution
Socken, Paul G. Intimate Strangers: The Letters of Margaret Laurence & Gabrielle Roy
Stern, Pamela R. Historical Dictionary of the Inuit
Taylor, Bruce Sculpture
Ward, Owen Applied Bioremediation and Phytoremediation
  Biodegradation and Bioremediation
Weaver, Carol Ann Awakenings (music CD)
Journey Begun (music CD)
The Daughter of Olapa (music CD)
Dancing Rivers (music CD)
Westhues, Kenneth Workplace Mobbing in Academe: Reports from Twenty Universities
Zanna, Mark P. The Compleat Academic: A Career Guide
  Cultural and Social Behavior (The Ontario Symposium, vol. 10)
  The Handbook of Attitudes
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