Two Upcoming Talks in Vancouver

I am getting ready for my trip out West next week. I will be giving two talks on The Philosophical Breakfast Club in Vancouver. On Thursday, February 16th, I will be lecturing on “The Philosophical Breakfast Club and the Invention of the Scientist” to the Nineteenth-Century Studies Group at the University of British Columbia–an interdisciplinary faculty and graduate student consortium. (For further information on the talk, which is free and open to the public, see here.)

Then, the next morning, on Friday February 17, I will be part of a panel on “Creating a Global Knowledge Society: Lessons from History, Philosophy, and Sociology” at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. My talk, “Global Science and the Public Good: Tidalogy, Meteorology, and Magnetism,” will address the way that William Whewell and John Herschel, inspired by their Sunday morning philosophical breakfasts and Francis Bacon’s writings, spearheaded international research on the tides, weather and terrestrial magnetism. See here for more information.

It should be an exciting and busy two days!


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Laura J. Snyder, Ph.D., is a science historian, philosopher and writer whose most recent book, The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends who Transformed Science and Changed the World, was an Official Selection of the TED Book Club, a Scientific American Notable Book, and winner of the 2011 Royal Institution of Australia Poll for Favorite Science Book. It was also named an "Outstanding Academic Title" in history of science and technology by the American Library Association. Snyder is Professor of Philosophy at St. John's University in New York City and writes frequently about science and ideas for The Wall Street Journal. She is a Fulbright Scholar, a Life Member of Clare Hall College, Cambridge, and Past President of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science.

 She is currently working on a book about how new optical technologies in the 17th century revolutionized not only science, but also art and the rest of culture. Follow Laura Snyder on Twitter and Facebook.

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