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Jul 21, 2015
Michael Hiltzik
Why Billion Dollar ‘Big Science’ Is Here to Stay
Pulitzer Prize-winner Hiltzik chronicles Ernest Lawrence, the 1930s physicist who forever changed the face–and funding–of scientific research. He’ll give insight into this scientist’s far-reaching influences (government-backed research, the intersection of the field and global politics) and explain why
$5
Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 7:30PM
The Public Room
1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Eighth Avenue)
Seattle, Washington 98101
Doors open: 6:30pm

Michael Hiltzik

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Hiltzik (The New Deal) offers a “fascinating biography” of Ernest Lawrence, the 1930s physicist who forever changed the face–and funding–of scientific research. In Big Science, Hiltzik chronicles Lawrence’s creation of the first particle collider, his instrumental role in winning WWII through the Manhattan Project, and the far-reaching influences of the scientist’s work. Hiltzik will describe these influences–a shift from small science and educational programs, the government-backed research present in today’s world, how science plays a role in global politics–and offer insight into how (and why) this shift toward “big science” became permanent.

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Presented by: Town Hall and University Book Store, as part of The Seattle Science Lectures.

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