Curiosity, Understanding, and Utility: Science and the Creative Economy

MAY 06, 2014 | 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM

Details

WHERE:

The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue

ROOM:

C200: Proshansky Auditorium

WHEN:

May 06, 2014: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

ADMISSION:

Free

RESERVATIONS:

212-817-8215 or

Description

Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences (ITS)

The path from science to technology to economic value is long and winding. Even if our goal is to maximize economic health, should we be supporting only the science that is most immediately useful, or do we need to support the sometimes quixotic efforts to reach a deeper understanding of the natural world? William Bialek, director of the Graduate Center's Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, will moderate a discussion among leaders in academia and industry about these issues. Participants include Jennifer Tour Chayes, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England and Microsoft Research New York City; Fernando Pereira, research director at Google; and Chris Wiggins, chief data scientist at the New York Times and faculty member in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics at Columbia University; and others.