A Special Visit from University of Cambridge:
Why Tomorrow’s Leaders Need Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Science
- Professor Hasok Chang visits DGIST to deliver a lecture at the 26th Distinguished Lecture Series -
On June 13, Chair-professor Hasok Chang from University of Cambridge was invited to deliver a special lecture, entitled “Why Tomorrow’s Leaders Need Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Science”.
Attended by an audience of over 100 students and faculty members, this event was held as part of the 2018 Distinguished Lecture Series. In the lecture, by questioning science knowledge that is taken for granted in the present from the perspective of science philosophy, Professor Chang plans to emphasize the importance of convergence thinking which combines science and philosophy as well as science and history to students and researchers who have received theory-based science education.
He also talked about the necessity of philosophical and historical thinking to observe science that leaders of the 21st century must cultivate and attitudes that scientists must develop, such as critical thinking on the utility and the legitimacy of scientific knowledge.
Praised as ‘Thomas Kuhn of the 21st century’, Professor Hasok Chang is a world-renowned scholar who has been lecturing on the history of science and science philosophy at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. since 2010. He is currently serving as the Hans Rausing Professor, the most authoritative position of chair-professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge in the U.K.
Professor Chang was awarded the ‘Ivan Slade Prize’ in 2005, which is awarded by the British Society for the History of Science for the best contribution to the history or historiography of science. He also received the ‘Lakatos Award’, which is called the Nobel Prize in science philosophy, in 2006 for his book on the invention process of thermometer titled ‘Inventing Thermometer’.
DGIST President Sang Hyuk Son said “Professor Chang’s lectures will be a great opportunity for the engineering students and researchers to approach science from a new perspective and vitalize convergence research. DGIST will continue to host the ‘Distinguished Lecture Series’ for students and researchers to hear about the research achievements and vivid stories of experience by world-renowned scholars such as Nobel Prize winners”.