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.
Paradigms and the Cold War "Struggle for Men's
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015- 7:30 p.m., Reilly
This 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.
All Woods Lectures are free & open to the public - no
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