First Friday: The Invention of Innovation
Friday, August 1st
Main Reading Room - 7pm
Wine reception at 6:30pm for pre-registered guests.
For adults and high school students only. No one younger will be admitted. This event is free and open to the public.
*Registration strongly recommended. To register, click here.
If registration for this event is full, there is a good chance you can still get a seat. No shows and last-minute cancellations usually free up seats. Please check back to the website from time to time to see if spots have opened up. Registration may re-open as cancellations occur, or feel free to stop by the night of the event and join the wait line. We will begin letting the wait line in at 6:45, based on available seating. The earlier you show up, the better.
How does a scientific discovery become a social revolution? The path is harder and more tortuous than you’d think. Thomas Goetz examines how the germ theory of disease went mainstream -- thanks , in part, to Sherlock Holmes (!) -- and explains how discovery is only part of the game. He explores the invention of computing, how a handful of Iowa corn farmers transformed agriculture, and how science is as much driven by emotion as by reason.
About Thomas Goetz
Goetz is the author of the new book, The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis and The Decision Tree (WSJ Best Health book of 2010). Former executive editor at WIRED, Goetz holds a Master’s of Public Health from the UC Berkeley. He is also the co-founder of Iodine, a health technology company based in San Francisco. His TED talk on data visualization and medicine has been viewed half a million times.
For more information, call (415) 389-4292 x3.
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What are First Fridays?
Debuting in January 2011 in celebration of the Library's centennial year, the ongoing "First Fridays" series presents different narratives, ideas and presentations that an audience might otherwise not consider or experience. First Fridays are for adults and high school students.
The Library's Main Reading Room is transformed into a beautiful venue for First Friday events. Built in 1966, the Library is nestled among the redwoods in an award-winning building and reflects the diverse intellectual interests of the community.
Programs typically last 90 minutes (includes Q&A). First Fridays feature a wine reception before and after our program. Patrons enjoy the intimate atmosphere and ability to meet our presenters. Attendance ranges between 115 and 260 people per event.
Thank you to the Mill Valley Library Foundation and the Friends for their generous support of Library programs and services. Click here to support Library events.