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"Science and the Modern World"

Steve Shapin to lecture at Reed College on March 23



Steve Shapin, Reed Class of 1966 and professor of the history of science at Harvard University, will lecture on "Science and the Modern World."

The lecture is sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program and the Beta of Oregon Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Reed College.


8 p.m. on Thursday, March 23


Eliot Hall Chapel, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland (Use west parking lot off of SE 28th Ave.)


Free and open to the public


For more information, the public is asked to visit the Reed events website at or call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755

Steve Shapin
Shapin's work is at the intersection of the history of science, the sociology of knowledge, and cultural history. His books include Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life, A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England, and The Scientific Revolution. He is the recipient of the J.D. Bernal Prize for career contributions to the field, Society for Social Studies in Science.


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