"[...] But if there was a less political, more cultural response–one that saw itself as intellectual but not esoteric, religious but not parochial, maybe an American version of the Meeting would be possible. It’s hard to imagine today, but there is no question that America would be a richer, more vibrant and more decent place as a result."
Peter Beinart in Traces Magazine, October 2000
The encounter of the 26th at 5pm in the Auditorium B7 is an exceptional occasion. The speakers that discuss about the topic of knowledge in the field of science, are two Nobel prizes for physics, the 2006 John Mather, senior astrophysicist at the observational Cosmology Laboratory of Nasa's goddard Space Flight center, and the 1964 Nobel Charles Townes, professor at the Sapce Science laboratory of the University of California Berkeley, and also the great paleoanthropologist Yves Coppens, professor emeritus at the Collège de France.
“We are not here to speak abstractly – the moderator Marco Bersanelli, professor of astrophysics enters immediately into the topic – instead we want to see from inside which kind of size of reason a scientific discovery requires and we want to discover it through the testimony of who lives it personally”. “What is the contents of your discoveries – Bersanelli asks to the three scientists – what happened and which factors have let you to make them?”.
Coppens, the discoverer of Lucy, the famous skeleton of hominid found in Ethiopia in the 1974, tells his experience: “The discovery of Lucy has came through a long series of events, or better, an event in series”. That is his narration of the founding of the first bones, day after day, until the unexpected discovery. “After that we have found 52 bones we have thought that, for the first time, they could belong to the same skeleton, an hominid lived 3,2 millions of years ago. Then – Coppens continues – the founding of the emibasin, that has made us to hypothesize that it was a girl, the study of the weigh, of articulations and of her plausible behaviors. From an event to another everyday we have discovered something new” [...] Read the rest here: Science the Human Experience of Discovery