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Community Gathering: Murder, Fraud, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science

3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19

Please join us for our annual science program in February to commemorate Darwin Day. Sam Kean, a bestselling author of science books, will speak at a HumanistsMN Community Gathering about his latest work, “The Icepick Surgeon: Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science.”

Science is usually a force for good in the world. But Kean highlights cases where obsession led scientists to twist a noble pursuit into something sinister. “The Icepick Surgeon” introduces us to pirate biologist William Dampier, anatomist and grave-robbing abettor John Hunter (a model for the novel “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”), and rivalrous paleontologists Edward Cope and Othniel Marsh. It reveals the origins of much of modern science in the transatlantic slave trade of the 1700s, Thomas Edison’s mercenary support of the electric chair, and the warped logic of the spies who infiltrated the Manhattan Project.

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