J. James Woods - Lectures in the Sciences & Mathematics

J. James Woods - Lectures in the Sciences & Mathematics

The "Woods" Series was established by a generous gift from the estate of J. James Woods. The goal of the Woods bequest is to bring prominent mathematicians and scientists to Butler University in order to speak on theories at the frontier of their disciplines, as well as on related technologies and other issues of public concern.  

The 2014-2015 Season is announced! See our entire 2014-2015 Woods Series Schedule.

George Reisch

Paradigms and the Cold War "Struggle for Men's Minds"

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015- 7:30 p.m., Reilly Room

ReischThis lecture will explore Thomas Kuhn's famous theory of scientific paradigms and how it was inspired and shaped by the anticommunism of cold war America. Sketching his new theory of scientific revolutions at Harvard in the 1950s, Kuhn thought about science in an age of dramatic political conversions, McCarthyism, brainwashing, and the specter of totalitarian mind control.

These anxieties shaped his new theory of science as well as his life and career. They also helped prepare the United States for a revolution of its own, as the 1950s gave way to the psychedelic 60s-and Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions became the most important and widely read book about science in America.

 

 

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