From: Harvard University
Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2018
Many great discoveries in science are surprises.
To paraphrase Louis Pasteur, sometimes luck favors the prepared mind, as when Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin by noticing that mold growing accidentally in his lab seemed to kill bacteria. At other times, new instruments offer unanticipated revelations: until Galileo looked at Jupiter with his telescope, he didn’t know it had moons or their importance to our understanding of the solar system. And, occasionally, methodical experiments find exactly the opposite of what they sought to prove. Scientists intending to measure the deceleration of the universe’s expansion, for example, found acceleration instead.
The 2018 Radcliffe Institute science symposium, to be held Friday, October 26, at the Knafel Center, 10 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138, will focus on how scientists explore realities they cannot anticipate. Speakers from across the disciplines of modern science will present personal experiences and discuss how to train scientists, educators, and funders to foster the expertise and open-mindedness needed to reveal undiscovered aspects of the world around us.
The symposium is free and open to the public, but interest in our program has exceeded our current capacity. We’re happy to add you to our wait list and will inform you as soon as possible if space becomes available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the wait list. For those unable to attend in person, the symposium will be webcast live at https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2018-undiscovered-symposium on October 26th. Registration is not required to view the webcast.
Presenters and discussants:
The live stream will be available Friday, October 26th, from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Time [13:30 to 21:00 UTC] at https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2018-undiscovered-symposium. Join for as long as you are able.
Approximately four weeks after the event we will post videos of each conversation to the Harvard YouTube channel. You’ll find these videos linked from the same URL as the live stream: https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2018-undiscovered-symposium
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
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