FUTURAMA: does the past cloud our thinking about futures to come?

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The first talk of the Science and Beyond lecture series, a collaboration between IISER Pune and the British Council

As a part of its 10th year celebrations, IISER Pune in collaboration with the British Council brings you Science and Beyond - a lecture series by eminent writers, scholars and historians of science from the UK, who will take you beyond science as you know it!

The first talk in this series is FUTURAMA: does the past cloud our thinking about futures to come? by science writer Jon Turney.

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015

Time: 5.00 - 6.30 pm

Venue: C.V. Raman Auditorium, IISER Pune

Summary: Any conversation about the future tends to invoke the past in the first minute or so. That makes sense, as there are no facts about the future, even though it fascinates us. That past, though, contains plenty of old visions of the future, and more and more as the twentieth century gave way to the twenty-first.

About the author: Jonathan Turney has been a science writer, reviewer and editor since the early 1980s. He is the author of I, Superorganism: Learning to love your inner ecosystem (2015) about the human microbiome, The Rough Guide to the Future (2010), which was shortlisted for the UK Science Book Prize, Lovelock and Gaia: Signs of Life, and Frankenstein’s Footsteps: Science, Genetics and Popular Culture (1998), which won the British Medical Association Award for Popular Medical Book of the Year. He has worked for the Times Higher Education Supplement and Penguin Books, and taught at University College London and Imperial College. He enjoys writing and editing on assignment, especially around life sciences, futures, science and society and policy issues and has written for a wide range of audiences, producing everything from books to museum exhibition guides to school resources.


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