Things come together: science in the American West
Professor Elliott West, University of Arkansas/University of Oxford
Monday, 21 May 2018, 4pm to 5.30pm
History Faculty Lecture Theatre,George Street, Oxford
The American West, often imagined as an exotic place apart, was in fact born coincident with the greatest revolution in movement in the world’s history at that time—the use of steam and electricity to convey people, things, and information. Born connected, the West contributed to many forces and developments transforming the world in the late 19th century. This talk will consider the West’s impact through the lens of science, in particular the fields of paleontology and epidemiology. In both the emerging West provided critical breakthroughs that would shape our understanding of the origins of life and the causes of death.