Past Event

Jimena Canales - Science and the History of Non-Existent Things

March 23, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Event Description 

Discovery, either when considered as a process of uncovering or of creation, involves the bringing into existence of the new. What does not or does not yet exist plays a predominant role in science and technology. What do scientists look for and how does their way of searching influence what they find? The antechamber of discovery is not as, as is frequently thought, an inscrutable “private art” marked by a punctual “Eureka!” moment. It is a rich cultural, social, economic and political space where sought-after imaginary perpetrators have recognizable characteristics that have remained fairly constant throughout many centuries. A study of the half-empty glass of scientific research reveals surprising patterns in the search agendas that have shaped modern science and technology.

Event Speaker

Jimena Canales, Faculty of the Graduate College at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

Event Information

This event is free and open to the public; Registration required. Please contact [email protected] with any questions. 

This event is part of the New York History of Science Lecture Series.

Sponsoring Organizations:

  • The University Seminars at Columbia University
  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  • The Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • The New York Academy of Medicine
  • The New York Academy of Sciences

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