Does Science Evolve through Blind Chance or Intelligent Design?
Date: November 15, 2013
Location: Beihang University, Beijing, China
Some scientific advances, such as X-rays and penicillin, arise unplanned and unexpected. They are stumbled upon serendipitously. Others, such as streptomycin and nuclear reactors, result from targeted research. They come about through careful design in what I call the Kantian mode. An anecdotal discussion of several past discoveries reveals the importance of both methodologies, a fact that must be borne in mind not only by aspiring scientists, but by those governmental, academic and industrial agencies that seek to foster scientific and technological progress.
Sheldon Glashow was born in Manhattan in 1932, Sheldon knew from an early age that he would become a scientist. When he was 10 years old, he became interested in the laws of falling bodies and at the age of 15, he helped his father equip a basement chemistry lab. He was educated at Cornell University (A.B. 1954) and completed his graduate studies at Harvard University (M.A. 1955, PhD 1958).
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