DeMott Lecture: “A Sense of Wonder: Science, Creativity and Culture”

The Art and Politics of Science

Science is an art that challenges the imagination of individuals attempting to understand the natural world, but it is also a community effort that reaches consensus and acts politically to seek funds, promote exchanges of information and materials and develop complex research programs. Dr. Harold Varmus ’61 discussed these aspects of scientific life based on his experience as a cancer researcher, an institutional leader and an “open access” publisher of scientific work.

Presented  by the Class of 1961.

About the Author: Harold Varmus '61

Harold Varmus
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Current Home
New York City

Place of Birth
Long Island, NY

The Art and Politics of Science

By Harold Varmus ’61. W.W. Norton.

Reviewed by Richard Goldsby

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Nobel Laureate Harold Varmus ’61 To Speak at Amherst College April 16

March 30, 2007Director of Media Relations413/542-8417AMHERST, Mass.— Harold Varmus ’61, an American virologist and recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work on the origins of cancer, will speak on the future of science in the 21st century at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 16, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Victor S. Johnson Lectureship Fund at Amherst, Varmus’s talk is free and open to the public.