Harry Collins, the author of Are We All Scientific Experts Now? – the selected Common Reading for the Class of 2020 – will give an address to first year students on Friday, September 2, 10 a.m., at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse. Afterward, he will sign copies of his book and then head over to Hofstra Hall to have lunch with winners and runners up of an essay contest based on the book.
In Are We All Scientific Experts Now? Collins explores the ways in which scientific claims can be unknowingly misrepresented in media and misunderstood by the public, sometimes with tragic consequences. He attempts to restore society’s confidence in science by illustrating the need to take into account the varying levels of “expertise” possessed by the individuals or agencies who interpret and communicate data on national and international platforms.
Collins is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise and Science (KES) at Cardiff University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy. He has written 17 previous books including the well-known Golem series on science. Harry Collins is continuing his research on the nature of scientific knowledge, on the analysis of expertise and on the sociology of gravitational wave detection.