Tag Archives: history

Past talk:
12:00 Friday, March 27                                                                                    WAG 316


Blake Scott

“The Nature of Tourism: Smithsonian scientists as guides to the Caribbean, 1912 to 1964”

The nature of the Caribbean has fascinated European and Euro-American travelers and tourists for centuries. What perceptions and expectations have been associated with this naturalist gaze? Where do modern views of tropical nature come from? I analyze the history of these perceptions and their influence on the practices of tourism through the stories of naturalist explorers working at the Smithsonian Institution in the early twentieth century. Traveling scientists have shaped and reproduced the culture of nature-exploration so often packaged within the Caribbean tourism industry.

Blake Scott is a PhD Candidate in History at UT Austin, writing a dissertation on the emergence of mass tourism in the Caribbean during the early twentieth century.

Past talk:
Hosted by the Institute for Historical Studies
3:30 pm, Weds., March 25                                                                                       GAR 4.100

Alberto Martínez

“The Cult of Pythagoras: Math and Myths”

This talk is part of the Institute for Historical Research’s series of workshops, so please RSVP Courtney.

The Cult of Pythagoras shows how myths evolve in the history of mathematics. Some tales are partly true, others entirely false, but all show the power of invention in history. Pythagoras emerges as a symbol of the urge to conjecture: he has been credited with fundamental discoveries in math and the sciences, yet there is nearly no evidence that he really contributed anything to such fields at all. This book asks: how does history change when we subtract the many small exaggerations and interpolations that writers have added for over two thousand years?

UT History Professor Martinez is the author of several books including The Cult of Pythagoras (2012) and Science Secrets: The Truth About Darwin’s Finches, Einstein’s Wife, and Other Myths (2011).