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When in the 1950s Evelyn Fox Keller ventured forth to become a scientist, she discovered it was a man’s world. Training as a theoretical physicist and working in both mathematical biology and the history of science, she wondered why most scientists were men and why the language of science reflected masculine metaphors and values. Keller has grappled with the meaning and consequences of these stereotypes ever since. In this program with Bill Moyers, Keller discusses how gender plays a significant role in the language that scientists use to describe their work. (30 minutes)



 
                

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How the Human Mind Works: Patricia Smith Churchland
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Professor of Philosophy Patricia Smith Churchland is probing a new frontier in the area of brain research, convinced that exploration into the physical function of our "wonder tissue" can help us better understand what our thoughts mean and how we ca...(more details)
 
The Greenhouse Effect and Global Climate: Jessica Tuchman Mathews
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How serious is the "greenhouse effect" on global climate and the environment? Very, says Dr. Jessica Tuchman Mathews, a Ph.D. in biochemistry and biophysics. We are now facing the specter of the "greenhouse effect," the prospect of overloading the ea...(more details)
 
Scientific Inquiry and Everyday Life: Steven Weinberg

From the quark, so small nobody will ever see it, to the 53-mile-long supercollider, so expensive we never built it, the world of physical science gropes with the deepest question of all: "Why is there something instead of nothing?" In this program w...(more details)
 
Prime Minister and Environmentalist: Gro Harlem Brundtland

In 1981, Gro Harlem Brundtland became the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of Norway. Her political career has been marked by a zest for social reform and an active role in changing the status of women in Norwegian politics. A Harvard educate...(more details)
 


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