On this edition of Consider This, we’ll be talking about scientific development and knowledge. My first guest is Samuel Arbesman who is an applied mathematician and network scientist. He is a Senior Scholar at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and a fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. In addition, he writes for popular audiences as a contributor to Wired.com. Arbesman’s first book, The Half-Life of Facts, is about how knowledge changes over time. My second guest is Patrick McCray who a professor in the History Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara and a co-founder of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society. His work focuses on different technological and scientific communities and their interactions with the public and policy makers. His most recent book is The Visioneers: How a group of elite scientists pursued space colonies, nanotechnologies, and a limitless future.
During the interview Patrick McCray mentions Elon Musk as a modern visioneer.
Additional books by Patrick McCray:
- Keep Watching the Skies! The true story of Operation Moonwatch and the dawn of the Space Age
- Giant Telescopes: Astronomical Ambition and the Promise of Technology