Past Event

Edward J. Larson - Science in the Race to the South Pole

February 29, 2024
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry Street, Kansas City

Event Description

Roald Amundsen's team was the first to reach the South Pole. But Amundsen's closest competitor, Robert F. Scott, was not merely in a race for second place. Instead, as Edward J. Larson argues, Scott's British Antarctic Expedition was a massive scientific enterprise with an exploratory component. Amundsen won the race to the pole. Scott ushered in a new era of Antarctic, polar, and climate science, a contribution that lives on today at research stations across Antarctica.

Event Speaker

Edward J. Larson, University Professor of History and Law at Pepperdine University

Event Information

Free and open to the public; registration required for in-person and online attendance. 

Hosted by the Linda Hall Library