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Town Hall Seattle: Science Series

Town Hall’s Science series is dedicated to understanding the world around us. Whether we’re hearing from a legendary physicist or a UW graduate student, the Science series explores math, biology, chemistry, the environment, and so much more.

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Oct 17, 2019

When author Isabella Tree and her husband, environmentalist Charlie Burrell, found themselves struggling to make a profit from the heavy clay soils of their West Sussex farm, they decided to try something new. They let it go wild. To enlighten us on the trials and outcomes of this bold plan, Tree joined us on Town...

Oct 14, 2019

Will future generations distinguish between those who didn’t believe in the science of climate change and those who said they accepted the science but didn’t act? And for those who do accept the reality of human-caused climate change, what does immediate action look like? Author Jonathan Safran Foer took Town...

Oct 11, 2019

In 1947, IBM CEO and Chairman Thomas J. Watson set out to find the best and brightest minds for his company. His search led him to find young accounting student John Stanley Ford, whom he hired to become IBM’s first black software engineer. But not all of the company’s white employees were willing to accept a black...

Oct 7, 2019

Microsoft President Brad Smith operates by a simple core belief: When your technology changes the world, you bear a responsibility to help address the world you have helped create. He stepped up to Town Hall’s stage—in conversation with GeekWire’s Monica Nickelsburg—with insight from his co-written...

Sep 30, 2019

For decades, if not centuries, science has backed up society’s simple dictum that the brains of men and women are hardwired differently. However, acclaimed professor of neuroimaging Gina Rippon offered new research that suggests that this idea of the brain is little more than “neurotrash.” Rippon arrived at Town...