4 April 2017
18:30 – 19:30
The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG
Explore the curious place of curiosity in the history of science.
The aside made by Albert Einstein in private correspondence in 1952 – “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious” – has now become a meme. Yet in the 20th century, science was shaped by many forces, and the practical utility of science in the real, messy problematic worlds of its formation seem far removed from the seeming innocence of curiosity-driven research.
In this lecture, Professor Agar (Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London) asks why scientists say they ask ‘why?’, and traces the curious history of the idea of curiosity-driven science.
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- Free to attend
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- Doors open at 6pm
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