KNOXVILLE — Timothy Ferris, often called “the best popular science writer in the English language,” will discuss “The Science of Liberty: How Science Enabled the Rise of Democracy” on Feb. 24 at the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the center’s Toyota Auditorium. Ferris will touch on science communication and the impact on public policy, along with a discussion of his book, “The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason and the Laws of Nature.”
The Christian Science Monitor has called Ferris “the best popular science writer in the English language” and the Washington Post has called him “the best science writer of his generation.” He is a recipient of the American Institute of Physics prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Ferris’ work has been nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
Ferris, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has taught astronomy, English, history, journalism and philosophy at four universities. He is an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
A former newspaper reporter and editor of Rolling Stone magazine, Ferris has written more than 200 articles and essays for publications such as The New Yorker, National Geographic, Forbes, Harper’s, Life, Nature, Time, Newsweek and Scientific American.
He will sign books after the presentation.
A week prior to the lecture, on Feb. 17, Bruce Tonn, professor of political science, and Tom Handler, professor of physics, will lead a book discussion about Ferris’ recently released “The Science of Liberty,” also in the Toyota Auditorium.
The discussion goes from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants are not required to have read the book to attend the discussion.
Both events are free and open to the public. Parking is available for a fee in the Carolyn P. Brown University Center parking garage on Phillip Fulmer Way.
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