BSA Distinguished Lecture

"The End of an Era - Science in a flat world"

Presented by Neal Lane, Rice University

Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 4:00 pm — Berkner Hall Auditorium

The U.S. has enjoyed an extraordinary period of scientific discovery and technological achievement over the past six decades, or so, since the end of WWII. But the world has changed in sixty years. It has grown “flatter” in the sense of Tom Friedman’s view, and “flatter” in another sense – by leveling the playing field for science vs. ideology, religion and superstition. In particular, American attitudes about science and technology, as well as the political winds that affect science, have changed. In discussing these trends, I will suggest that we have reached the “end of an era,” pose some questions about the future of American science, and offer some opinions.

Hosted by: Peter Wanderer

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