The Art and Science of Debunking
Setting the record straight is an essential part of science and journalism. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Michael Hiltzik, author of a new book about scientist Ernest Lawrence and "big science," will discuss why it's important, where it's most effective, and how it's done, with an emphasis on the need and methodology of correcting received wisdom in politics and business. Nowhere may this be more crucial, and harder, than in history - as the shifting "truths" of the atomic bomb project and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki tell us.
Hiltzik has written for the Los Angeles Times for three decades, during which time he has served as a financial and political writer, an investigative reporter, a technology writer and editor, and a foreign correspondent in Africa and Russia. His latest book, Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex, has just been published and will be available for sale and signing. He has written five other books, including Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century, a New York Times best-seller.
His excellence in reporting awards include the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for articles exposing corruption in the entertainment industry; the 2004 Gerald Loeb Award for outstanding business commentary, and the Silver Gavel from the American Bar Association for outstanding legal reporting.
Currently the Times' business columnist, Hiltzik also blogs on economics, business, and public policy at the Economy Hub blog on the Times website. A graduate of Colgate and Columbia universities, he lives in Southern California with his family.
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