17. What will the format of your event be?:
Venue and location to be allocated by the Festival team
20. Venue requirements:
Lecture theatre style with room for panel of speakers and digital projector with speakers for sound as we have video clips.
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
What is science? This event aims to bust some myths about science by looking at the evidence of what science has really been like over the last 80 years or so. We hear a lot nowadays from people like Brian Cox or Richard Dawkins about the nature of science. But do their descriptions actually reflect the facts? Or do they give us simple, idealized versions of science? Is there a difference between what we think science is like and the reality? If the reality is different – does it matter? This event will aim to show that by looking at the historical facts about science we can see that this is a human pursuit that is more interesting, and more complex than many popularisers would have us believe. In this session scholars who have studied science in modern Britain, and further afield will use the evidence from archives and interviews to consider questions like: 1 Is the common model of the scientific method a good description of how science works in practice? 2 Who funds science, and does it matter? 3 What is the relationship between science and technology? 4 What do scientists actually do in their day-to-day working lives?
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
22. Do you consider that the event will attract press interest?:
23. If yes, please summarise up to 4 key points you think will be of press interest:
This event will follow on from some fairly high profile/controversial discussions on twitter and in the media in 2012/13 about the nature of science and the concept of 'scientific method - involving among others Brian Cox. We will be looking to include some of participants in this discussion who have high public profile/currently write for mainstream online forum (eg. Guardian comment is free). We would also expect to create a discussion on twitter.
24. Do you have any other comments you would like to make or information you would like to include?:
If there are any relevant high profile scientists within the existing festival programme we would like to explore option of including them in this good natured yet controversial debate.
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History of Science Section
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University of York/BSHS
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University of York
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10. Which of the following areas of science does your event best fit into?:
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11. Do you have a preferred day for your event to take place on?:
Monday 9 September 2013
Tuesday 10 September 2013
Wednesday 11 September 2013