Professor Jim Secord - Eureka! How the history of science became a story of discovery.

Professor Jim Secord

  • 21 November 2022, 18:30 – 19:30
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre
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Overview

Inspired moments of discovery are widely seen as the central story of science. Great discoveries are often assumed to involve a single moment of insight, made by an individual genius working in isolation. How did this view of discovery become established? The most common expression associated with scientific discovery in the European tradition is 'Eureka', meaning 'I have found it’. This talk uses the history of 'Eureka' to chart changing views of discovery and its role within science.
 

Biography

Emeritus Professor and Director of the Darwin Correspondence Project, Department of History and Philosophy of Science


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Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre
Department of Chemistry
29 Lensfield Rd
Cambridge CB2 1ER
01223 336300
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