Elting E. Morison Professor of Anthropology, MIT
Panel: Unfolding Models
Stefan Helmreich examines how biologists think through the limits of “life” as a category of analysis using both empirical and computational methods. Having begun this line of inquiry with his book on evolutionary simulation in Artificial Life, Helmreich has more recently studied marine biologists looking at marine organisms living in extreme ocean environments as well as astrobiologists thinking about life on other planets. As the convener of the “Unfolding Models” panel, he joins participants in asking after the ways in which phenomena in cosmology, epidemiology, and data science are shaped by scientists’ choices of scale and resolution in computer models
2020, Boston Review
Epidemic waves help to visualize and reason about COVID-19 data, but they also do much more—serving, in part, as an instrument for public health management and prediction.
2016, Princeton University Press
In the age of synthetic biology, rising sea levels, and new technologies of listening, notions of life, water, and sound stretch toward their conceptual snapping points, breaching the boundaries between the natural, cultural, and virtual. To listen to the playlist for Sounding, featuring a composition by Professor Evan Ziporyn, click here.