Science Café: Ignorance
Ignorance: How it Drives Science
In 2012 Stuart Firestein released his book “Ignorance: How it Drives Science,” in which he argues that pursuing research based on what we don’t know is more valuable than building on what we do know. His insightful book has attracted widespread attention by the national press and has been featured on the Diane Rehm show. Join us for an interesting discussion about the pursuit of scientific discoveries.
About our Speaker
Stuart Firestein, Ph.D., is Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, where his laboratory is researching the sense of smell. He has published articles in Wired, Huffington Post and Scientific American. Firestein has been elected as a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his meritorious efforts to advance science. He is an adviser to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation program for the Public Understanding of Science, and a tireless advocate for better science writing.