Phi Beta Kappa Lecture Thursday at 7 p.m.

Author: Carol C. Bradley

The 2012 Phi Beta Kappa Lecture: “Science, Our Benevolent Monster,” presented by Trevor Pinch, professor of science and technology studies and of sociology at Cornell University, takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, 102 DeBartolo Hall.

Pinch will argue that the best knowledge we as humans have achieved so far, scientific knowledge, is fundamentally social knowledge. He will explore what follows from this for thinking about scientific and technological expertise and our relationship to such experts, and offer the notion of a Golem — a friendly benevolent monster — as a way of thinking about science.