Harvard Science Book Talks are a collaboration between the Harvard University Division of Science, Cabot Science Library, and Harvard Book Store.
The series features lectures by, and conversations with, authors of recently published books on science-related topics, written with a non-specialist audience in mind. Some of the authors we invite are academics or research scientists, while others are science writers and journalists. We are casting a wide net across areas of human endeavor which are grouped under the aegis of Science. We are interested in the history, philosophy, methodology, and cultures of the various science fields: their triumphs and failures, their controversies, biographies of the people involved, important discoveries, and great feats of human imagination and ingenuity. We are equally interested in in-depth explorations of various topics in a manner that makes science accessible to the curious non-specialist. Our goal is to inform, inspire, entertain, provide food for thought, and encourage audiences to engage in public discourse about science, the role that it can—and does—play in our society, and its potential for furthering human progress.The talks, held at Harvard Science Center, are followed by a small reception and book signing in Cabot Science Library. On rare occasions, we may also hold special, ticketed, events in other venues. For more information and to be added to our notification list, please contact us at email@example.com.
Most talks are recorded: watch the videos, below
- Nov. 19: Naomi Oreskes, "Why Trust Science?" [more info]
- Nov. 13: Lee Smolin, "Einstein's Unfinished Revolution: The Search for What Lies Beyond the Quantum." [more info]
- Nov. 7: Karen Olsson in conversation with Melissa Franklin, "The Weil Conjectures: On Math and the Pursuit of the Unknown." [more info]
- Oct. 30: S. James Gates in conversation with Delilah Gates, "Proving Einstein Right: The Daring Expeditions that Changed How We Look at the Universe." [more info]
- Oct 23: Sean Carroll, "Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime." [more info]
- Sep 3: Randall Munroe in conversation with Kate Darling, "How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems. Please note: this talk will not be videotaped." [more info]
- June 5: Graham Farmelo in conversation with Jacob Barandes, "The Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Math Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets." [more info]
- May 8: Venki Ramakrishnan, "The Quest for the Structure of the Biological Machine that Reads Our Genes." [more info]
- Mar 27: Felice Frankel, "Picturing Science and Engineering." [more info]
- Feb 27: David Reich, "A Tale of Two Subcontinents: The Parallel Prehistories of Europe and South Asia." [more info]
- Jan 30: Richard Wrangham, "Capital Punishment and the Origin of Homo Sapiens." [more info]
- Nov 15: Adam Becker, "The Trouble with Quantum Physics, and Why It Matters"[more info]
- Oct 17: Marcia Bartusiak, "Dispatches from Planet 3: Thirty-Two (Brief) Tales on the Solar System, the Milky Way, and Beyond"[more info]