HASS Graduate Colloquium

 

HASS Graduate Colloquium

EMPAC Theater

March 24, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Peter Galison, Pellegrino University Professor in History of Science and Physics at Harvard University and Director of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, work explores the complex interaction between the three principal subcultures of twentieth century physics--experimentation, instrumentation, and theory. Author of several books in the history of science, of particular relevance is his book (with Lorraine Daston), Objectivity (Zone Books, 2007) which asks how visual representation shaped the concept of scientific objectivity, and how atlases of scientific images continue, even today, to rework what counts as right depiction.  His current work ("Building Crashing Thinking") tracks the way technology restructures the self.   Galison has co-written and co-produced documentary films on the politics of science, including Ultimate Weapon: The H-bomb Dilemma (2000, with Pamela Hogan); Secrecy (2008, with Robb Moss); and, in preparation, Containment (2014) on the confinement of radiological materials. 

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