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July 2020

Modeling the Sources and the Topics of Pliny’s Natural History

July 30, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pliny’s Natural History, published in Venice in 1472, is the oldest scientific book in Library’s collection. The book is a large-scale encyclopedia from the first century CE that provides a snapshot of scientific knowledge in the Roman Empire. Dr. Jeff Rydberg-Cox will discuss the nature of Pliny’s work, how other scholars and editors have tried to make this massive work more manageable, and then talk about the ways that network analysis and other quantitative approaches can help us understand the sources that Pliny used when writing his work.

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August 2020

Second Saturday Conversation: Seeing DNA with X-ray Vision

August 8, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dr. Amy Whitaker, Postdoctoral Research Scholar at KU Med will guide participants through a broad overview of DNA, including what exactly it is and how it was discovered, what it looks like in 3D and how it manages to contain all of the genetic information that makes us into unique individuals, and how the code written by DNA is translated to physical characteristics in the human body.

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