Caption: Physicist and Professor of the history of science at Harvard
Physicist and Professor of the history of science at Harvard 

Episode 17 - Peter Galison

From: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Series: How to Think About Science
Length: 53:56

HOW TO THINK ABOUT SCIENCE: Part Seventeen of a documentary by David Cayley, a producer with the CBC Radio program IDEAS. Modern societies have tended to take science for granted as a way of knowing, ordering and controlling the world. Clips include: Peter Galison, the Pellegrino University Professor in History of Science and Physics at Harvard University.

Ep-17-peter-galison_small Changes in science provoke anxiety. Science is supposed to be the bedrock of the modern world - the unified procedure that secures and guarantees our knowledge. But science, in practice, is composed of many sciences. It’s a kaleidoscope of diverse, constantly recomposing parts, each with its own language and its own conventions. This circumstance has often led scientists and philosophers to seek the underlying unity of science, and even to imagine that a free society will only be able to withstand totalitarian myths if it rests on such a secure foundation. Peter Galison belongs to a generation that has put forward a more pragmatic, more pluralistic, and less anxious definition of science. He’s a physicist, and a professor of the history of science at Harvard, and, among the many books he’s written and edited, is a volume called The Disunity of Science. Peter Galison talks about how the different subcultures of science find ways of getting along.

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Changes in science provoke anxiety. Science is supposed to be the bedrock of the modern world - the unified procedure that secures and guarantees our knowledge. But science, in practice, is composed of many sciences. It’s a kaleidoscope of diverse, constantly recomposing parts, each with its own language and its own conventions. This circumstance has often led scientists and philosophers to seek the underlying unity of science, and even to imagine that a free society will only be able to withstand totalitarian myths if it rests on such a secure foundation. Peter Galison belongs to a generation that has put forward a more pragmatic, more pluralistic, and less anxious definition of science. He’s a physicist, and a professor of the history of science at Harvard, and, among the many books he’s written and edited, is a volume called The Disunity of Science. Peter Galison talks about how the different subcultures of science find ways of getting along.

Broadcast History

This 24 part series first aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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