Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter is hosting its 50th annual Nobel Conference this week, with Nobel laureates and top scientists speaking on the topic: Where does science go from here?
The idea for the conference dates back to 1963, when 26 laureates came to the college for the dedication of its Nobel Hall of Science as a memorial to Alfred Nobel. With the Nobel Foundation’s permission, the annual conference was initiated, organizers say, to:
- Bring cutting-edge science issues to the attention of an audience of students and interested adults, and
- To engage the panelists and the audience in a discussion of the moral and societal impact of these issues
This year’s conference, which began Tuesday and continues today, includes Nobel laureates Steven Chu and Sir Harry Kroto speaking about how science informs public policy and how science is taught in our schools.
Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg, in a teleconference, talked about the state of particle physics.
Tonight’s closing speech at 7:30 p.m. will be streamed online as Professor Freeman Dyson, a noted mathematician and physicist, discusses the four major revolutions in science and technology that he has witnessed: “the harnessing of nuclear power, the exploration of space, the astounding growth and availability of computer technology, and most recently, the understanding and utilization of genomes. He will reflect on reasons that the first two technologies have either stagnated or languished, while the latter two are still viewed with great hope and continue to develop.”