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?: