Lecture Series – W. Patrick McCray

Author of The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future
In conversation with Angie Coiro
Sunday, February 17, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
New Venture Hall

“In The Visioneers, Patrick McCray introduces us to a host of innovators who pushed back against the language of limits. Their techno-enthusiast ventures, unfolding in the closing decades of the twentieth century, combined technical skill, bold speculation, and public-relations savvy. By tracing their inspirations, missteps, and unconventional networks, McCray offers a rich and fascinating cultural history of technological aspirations at a critical turning point in American history.”–David Kaiser, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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W. Patrick McCray is professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of “Keep Watching the Skies!: The Story of Operation Moonwatch and the Dawn of the Space Age” (Princeton) and “Giant Telescopes: Astronomical Ambition and the Promise of Technology

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