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Historians of modern Iran have unanimously agreed on the crucial role of Mehdi Bazargan (1907-1995) in the decades proceeding to the Revolution of 1979. Bazargan is best known as the prime minister of the Iranian post-revolutionary provisional government. After spending seven years in France studying engineering, Bazargan returned home in 1935 not only with a doctorate in thermodynamics, but also with a pragmatic vision that proved influential in shaping his political career as well as his interpretation of Islam.Find out more »
One of the treasures of the Linda Hall Library is a relatively thin, unassuming volume printed in Venice in 1496, entitled Epytoma in Almagestum Ptolemei. This book, a reworking of Ptolemy’s astronomical masterpiece, the Almagest, was written in the early 1460s by Georg Peurbach and Johannes Regiomontanus, two of the most important figures of fifteenth-century astronomy. Dr. Zepeda will tell the drama-filled story of how and why this book was written, as well as discuss its contents, its sources, and its influence upon the astronomy of the 15th and 16th centuries.Find out more »
Analog Computation in a Digital World: Understanding the Place of a Bygone Technology in Contemporary Science
Corey Maley, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kansas, will discuss how research into the history of analog computers allows us to understand computation in a non-digital way. This broader understanding of computation helps make sense of contemporary claims about the computational nature of the mind and brain.Find out more »
Dr. Charles Bourland will be in conversation with Eric Ward, Vice President for Public Programs, about the history of space food. Dr. Bourland began work at the NASA in 1969 and developed food and packages for Apollo, Apollo-Soyuz, Skylab, Shuttle, Shuttle/Mir, and the International Space Station.Find out more »
Randall Munroe, New York Times bestselling author of What If? will be in conversation about his new hardcover, How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems. For any task you might want to do, there’s a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that no one would ever try it. How To is a guide to the third kind of approach, offering a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.
A Rainy Day Books Author Event co-sponsored by the Linda Hall Library.Find out more »