The Evolution of the Human Form

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.

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How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems

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.

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.

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From New York to Tehran: American Pragmatism, Muslim Engineers, and the Making of Modern Iran

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.

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