The Dan David Prize is an international prize which annually awards three prizes of US$ 1 million each for outstanding scientific, technological, cultural, or social achievements having an impact on our world. Each year fields are chosen within the three Time Dimensions - Past, Present and Future.
My first question goes like this: one might naturally assume that science developed in the same way whenever and wherever in the world it began to emerge.Yet I shall argue that science developed rather differently in China from the way it did in the West, in ancient Greece for example. read more
A review of Michel Serres' book Biogia, a mixture of poetry, philosophy, science, and biography.
His philosophical and poetic inquiry sings in praise of earth and life… In these times when species are disappearing, when catastrophic events such as earthquakes and tsunamis impale the earth, Serres wonders if anyone “worries about the death pangs of the rivers.” read more
To datafy a phenomenon,” they explain, “is to put it in a quantified format so it can be tabulated and analyzed.” …the Big Data of the Heart. The purpose of this accumulated information is to detect patterns that will enable prediction: a world with uncertainty steadily decreasing to zero, as if that is a dream and not a nightmare. read more
The relationship between paternalism and freedom: once we define freedom properly, could it be that the case that having some basic decisions taken care of our behalf makes us more free, rather than less free? Does this imply that there is an “acceptable” (e.g. freedom enhancing) paternalism, and where do we place the boundary between acceptable and unacceptable? read more
The research that began that fateful fall day in 1974 finally caught fire with the World Health Organization and UNICEF, resulting in policy changes that have literally saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of children. read more
Prof. Amit Gefen, 2002 Dan David Prize scholarship recipient, is one of the researchers who, have determined that the pressure of heavy loads carried on the back has the potential to damage the soft tissues of the shoulder, causing microstructural damage to the nerves. read more