Conferences - Seminars

26MAY
27MAY
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EPFL Extension School’s Hands-On Data Workshops offer applied data science skills for every knowledge level. From taking your data skills beyond spreadsheets and into R, to intermediate data analytics with Python, to advanced Deep Learning techniques, you’ll find a workshop that fits your background and learning goals. The Hands-On Data Workshops are a great way ... Read more about "Hands-On Data Workshops"
30MAY
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  08:00-08:45 BC 420

This presentation questions the assumptions behind America-centered narratives of the global Information Age and sketches a late socialist vision of the Information Society by analyzing the concept of “programming, the second literacy” developed by the Soviet programmer Andrei Ershov. At the heart of this concept is a preoccupation with the nature of the interaction between ... Read more about "Programming — the Second Literacy: What Kind of Information Age?"
By Ksenia Tatarchenko, Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva
30MAY
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  09:00-09:45 BC 420

One of the most recurring questions in the historiography of modern physics is how to address the dichotomy of universalism and contextualism in the exact sciences: while, on the one hand, exact sciences aspire to universality by virtue of their rigorous formal and experimental methods, on the other hand, like any human activity, they depend ... Read more about "Toward an integrated socio-epistemic narrative of the history of 20th century physics"
By Roberto Lalli, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science ...
30MAY
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  10:15-11:00 BC 420

Silvia Berger, PhD, is Associate Faculty Member at the Center History of Knowledge (ETH Zurich and University of Zurich) and Lecturer at the University of Zurich’s Department of History. She is the author of the award-winning book Bakterien in Krieg und Frieden. Eine Geschichte der medizinischen Bakteriologie in Deutschland, 1890-1933, Göttingen 2009. Her teaching and ... Read more about "Martians of Engineering: Calculating the Unthinkable in Cold War Switzerland"
By Silvia Berger, ETH Zurich and University of Zurich
30MAY
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  11:15-12:00 BC 420

Today, the traditional distinction between science and technology—between the creation of knowledge about the natural world and the production of material objects—still plays an important role in how we understand the research process. However, in practice, the line between scientific research and technological innovation in contemporary universities has become increasingly blurred, with researchers often moving ... Read more about "Exploring the science/technology interface"
By Jérôme Baudry, University of Geneva
31MAY
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The quote in the title is courtesy of Robert Maynard Hutchins, the young, imperious president of the University of Chicago, who oversaw the development of the university’s scientific research infrastructure after World War II. Hutchins considered scientists to be eminently susceptible to the corrupting influence of funders’ interests. It seems surprising, then, that he championed ... Read more about "“Scientists are worse than other professors”: Industrial Patronage of Academic Research in the Early Cold War"
By Joseph D. Martin, University of Cambridge
31MAY
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Currently, reports in Western media on a Big Data-based social credit system in China abound in drawing a picture of an Orwellian dystopia of total surveillance. This is in stark contrast with official Chinese publications promoting the system’s positive effect of morality construction in society through a reward and punishment system. In this talk, I ... Read more about "Social Engineering in China: Typical Samples and Big Data"
By Andrea Bréard, Université Paris-Sud
31MAY
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In theory, mathematics is timeless and universal: 2 and 2 make 4 wherever you go, whomever you ask—always have, always will. In practice, it is almost the opposite: mathematical knowledge depends integrally on where and how it is shared, by whom, with what media, in which contexts. I study the gap between that theory and ... Read more about "Making Sense of Modern Global Mathematics"
By Michael J. Barany, Dartmouth College