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

MAY 06, 2014 | 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


C200: Proshansky Auditorium


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




212-817-8215 or


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 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.