12.04.11 LA Re-inventing Scott: Science in the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration
Posted: 26 September 2011 04:22 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Prof. Edward J. Larson

Re-Inventing Scott: Science in the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration

Sunday, Dec. 4th - 
11 a.m.

Over the 100 years since his death on his return from the South Pole, Robert F. Scott’s image has shifted from tragic hero to Victorian bungler. Without excusing Scott’s mistakes, Edward J. Larson in his new book, An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science, seeks to restore some balance to Scott’s image by looking at the role of science in his polar expeditions. Scott may have been trying to do too much on his expeditions, at least as compared to the single-minded quest for the pole that propelled Amundsen’s expedition, but they nevertheless left a lasting legacy in Antarctic research and discovery.

Larson, the Pepperdine University Professor of History who holds the Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law and is a visiting professor of law at Stanford University, received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History for Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion. The author of eight books, including several on evolution, and more than 100 articles, Larson writes mostly about issues of science., medicine and law from an historical perspective. An expert on the history of science and exploration of the Galapagos, which he has visited more than 20 times, Larson has led classes to the islands on four different occasions and frequently lectured on cruise ships.

WHEN: 11:00 a.m.,
Sunday, December 4, 2011
COST: $8, Students $4

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