Candid science V: conversations with famous scientists by Balazs Hargittai

By Balazs Hargittai

Candid technological know-how V: Conversations with recognized Scientists includes 36 interviews with recognized scientists, together with 19 Nobel laureates, Wolf Prize winners, and different luminaries. those in-depth conversations offer a glimpse into the best achievements in technological know-how up to now few a long time, that includes tales of the discoveries, and exhibiting the human drama in the back of them. the best scientists are introduced into shut human proximity as though readers have been having a talk with them. This quantity departs from the former ones in that it includes interviews with mathematicians as well as physicists, chemists, and biomedical scientists. one other peculiarity of this quantity is that it contains 9 interviews from one other venture, the gathering of the overdue Clarence Larson, former Commissioner of the Atomic power fee and his spouse, Jane ("Larson Tapes").

The 36 interviewees comprise recognized personalities of our time, corresponding to Donald Coxeter, John Conway, Roger Penrose, Alan Mackay, Dan Shechtman, Charles Townes, Arthur Schawlow, Leon Cooper, Alexei Abrikosov, Luis Alvarez, William Pickering, William Fowler, Vera Rubin, Neta Bahcall, Rudolf Peierls, Emilio Segrè, Harold Agnew, Clarence Larson, Nelson Leonard, Princess Chulabhorn, Linus Pauling, Miklós Bodánszky, Melvin Calvin, Donald Huffman, Alan MacDiarmid, Alan Heeger, Jens Christian Skou, Paul Lauterbur, Gunther Stent, John Sulston, Renato Dulbecco, Baruch Blumberg, Arvid Carlsson, Oleh Hornykiewicz, Paul Greengard, and Eric Kandel.

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Niels Bohr, the Nobel Prize–winning author of the Copenhagen Interpretation, easily attended since the congress was held at his spacious home (see Figure 1). Though fewer Americans were present (many had spent precious depression dollars a year before to attend in Paris), the cast of characters remained wide and international. The third congress, held again in Paris in 1937, was dedicated to the planning and conception of the Encyclopedia and core issues in logical empiricism. Large sessions were held on Unity of Science and Logic and Mathematics, while smaller sessions covered topics in physics, biology, and psychology.

Government experts in military intelligence. Combining the brains of Sidney Hook, Daniel Burnham, and other anti-Stalinist intellectuals with the financial brawn of the CIA and major philanthropic organizations, organizers of this congress generously sponsored anticommunist liberalism throughout Europe and Asia in the form of publications, conferences, and exhibitions. To the Icy Slopes of Logic The following chapters together examine how, in light of these various pressures and circumstances, logical empiricism took the apolitical, technical, and professional form it had taken by the end of the 1950s.

He praised what had been the project’s reassuring, “business as usual” spirit, and he reminded them that this “real international enterprise” was sustained “partly by refugees” who would be discouraged and demoralized: “the war is going on very well and victory comes nearer every day. ” Neurath did not choose these most effective words merely for the occasion. He often wrote privately to Morris about the movement in similar terms: “During wartime science and logical analysis cannot rest. . ”17 Obstacles appeared in front of the movement roughly every two years.

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