Center for Science Writings

Stevens Institute of Technology created the Center for Science Writings in 2005 to draw attention to writings, from books to blogs, that shape public perceptions of science. Stevens hired the science journalist John Horgan to serve as Director of the Center. The Center, which is part of the College of Arts & Letters, sponsors free, public events at which prominent writers--including journalists, scientists, engineers, philosophers and other scholars--visit Stevens to discuss science-related issues. Stevens freshmen taking introductory engineering courses receive credit for attending selected CSW events. CSW Director Horgan writes "The Scientific Curmudgeon," a weekly column published by the Stevens newspaper, The Stute. The column comments on scientific topics as well as promoting CSW and CAL activities.


Wednesday, February 4, 2-3:30 p.m., Babbio 122
David Kaiser (Head of Science and Technology Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), "How the Hippies Saved Physics"

David Kaiser, a professor in MIT's science, technology, and society program, talks about his acclaimed book "How the Hippies Saved Physics," which tells the surprising story of eccentric young scientists who stood up to convention—and changed the face of modern physics.

Wednesday, March 25, 3-4:30 p.m., Babbio 122
Steve Fuller (Social Epistemologist, University of Warwick), "Embracing Transhumanism"

Steve Fuller, Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick in England, discusses his controversial book "Humanity 2.0," which explores the profound ways in which artificial intelligence, genetic engineering and nanotechnology are altering humanity.

Deans' Seminar Series, Spring 2015
Thursday, April 30, 4-5:30 p.m., Babbio 122

Naomi Oreskes (Historian of Science, Harvard University), "Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming"

Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard, will discuss her blockbuster "Merchants of Doubt," which documents how a small group of conservative scientists has misled the public on the dangers of tobacco, acid rain, the ozone hole, DDT and global warming. The book, co-authored with Erik Conway, has inspired a major documentary from Sony Pictures. Nobel Laureate and former Vice President Al Gore said that "anyone concerned about the state of democracy in America should read this book.”

For a list of past CSW events, click here.

All CSW events are free and open to the public. For more information contact CSW Director John Horgan. The CSW is part of the College of Arts and Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology.

The CSW Staff

John Horgan, Director

John Horgan, who came to Stevens in 2005, is a science journalist and author of four books: The End of Science (1996), The Undiscovered Mind (1999), Rational Mysticism (2003) and The End of War (2012). He writes a column for Scientific American online. His honors and awards include the 2005 Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship in Science and Religion; the Science Journalism Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1992 and 1994); and the National Association of Science Writers Science-in-Society Award (1993). His work has received international coverage, including front-page reviews and news articles in The New York Times, London Times and Washington Post. He has been interviewed hundreds of times for print, radio and television, including The Lehrer News Hour, Charlie Rose and National Public Radio's Science Friday. Horgan holds a BA in English from Columbia University's School of General Studies and an MS from Columbia's School of Journalism.

For more information, please visit John's personal website.

Lisa Dolling, Co-Director

In addition to being Co-Director of the Center for Science Writings, Lisa Dolling is Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at Stevens and associate professor in and director of the philosophy department. She holds a BA in philosophy, with minors in English and French literature, from Manhattanville College. She has since earned a certificate of completion cum laude from the Higher Institute of Philosophy in Louvain, Belgium and an MA in Philosophy from Fordham University. She went on to receive her PhD in Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her primary specialty is the philosophy of science, but her interests include hermeneutics, aesthetics, feminism, women philosophers, the philosophy of literature, and the philosophy of education. She edited the collection The Tests of Time: Readings in the Development of Physical Theory, and has published articles on Hermeneutics, Epistemology, and the work of several philosophers. Prior to coming to Stevens, Professor Dolling was a member of the philosophy department at St. John's University, where she also worked as the Executive Director of the University Honors Program, Director of the Womens Studies Program, and Coordinator of the Science and Religion project.