Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Colton Chapel
Peter Galison, Joseph Pellegrino University Professor, Director, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Ph.D., Harvard University
Peter Galison is the Joseph Pellegrino University Professor at Harvard University, where he holds a joint appointment in the history of science and physics. In 1997, he was named a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow. Galison’s main work explores the complex interaction between the three principal subcultures of twentieth century physics--experimentation, instrumentation, and theory. In addition to his books How Experiments End, Image and Logic, and Einstein's Clocks, Poincaré's Maps, he has launched several projects examining cross-currents between science, technology, and other fields. His book (with Lorraine Daston), Objectivity, asks how visual representation shaped the concept of scientific objectivity. Other work on science/technology/art cross-currents includes his co-edited volumes The Architecture of Science, Picturing Science, Producing Art, and Einstein for the 21st Century: His Legacy in Science, Art, and Modern Culture. He is the co-director of two documentaries, Ultimate Weapon (about the making of the H-bomb) and Secrecy (about the tension between secrecy and knowledge), while currently at work on a third, Nuclear Underground; he is collaborating with the artist William Kentridge on an international exhibition called “The Refusal of Time” about the boundaries of art and science; and he is finishing his next book, Building Crashing Thinking, about how technologies reform ideas of the self. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- His Landis Lecture, “Wastelands and Wilderness,” will address the ways one of modernity’s most significant technologies, nuclear power, requires us to grapple with the demands of managing radionuclide-filled lands thousands of years into the future. Removing parts of the earth in perpetuity –for reasons of sanctification (so-called “wilderness”) or despoilment (“wastelands”)—redefines a central feature of the human self—our relation to nature—presenting us in a different relation to the physical world, and raising irreducible questions about who we are. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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