Celebrating the scientific experiment: Kary Mullis on

Nobel-winning biochemist Kary Mullis talks about the basis of modern science: the experiment. Sharing tales from the 17th century and from his own backyard-rocketry days, Mullis celebrates the curiosity, inspiration and rigor of good science in all its forms. Filled with insights and a few thought-provoking “heresies” (listen for Mullis’ take on global warming), this is a talk to settle into and enjoy. (Recorded February 2002 in Monterey, California. Duration: 29:32.)

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