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This fall, join the Linda Hall Library for a retrospective film series of Michael Crichton movies. In his work, Crichton demonstrated a keen ability to anticipate new technological developments long before they became reality and predict how even seemingly beneficial breakthroughs in biotechnology or artificial intelligence could quickly spiral out of their creators’ control.
The first film in the series is Andromeda Strain from 1971 based on Crichton’s 1969 novel of the same name.Find out more »
Designed for high school students, this event will include a one-hour panel discussion and Q&A at the Linda Hall Library with young engineers. Following the panel discussion, students and guests will tour the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering to learn about academic programs and see engineering demonstrations.
Presented by the Linda Hall Library and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Computing and Engineering.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 »
For centuries, the human form has been the subject of intense exploration by artists. Now science has extended the field for such work by revealing the human form’s precursors, and how these puzzle pieces fit to reveal the human form’s coming-to-be.
A meet-and-greet book signing will immediately follow the lecture. Copies of John Gurche’s latest book, Lost Anatomies, will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Rainy Day Books.Find out more »