HOW VULGAR CAN YOU GET?

October 3, 2004 § Leave a comment

In French, “vulgarisation” means popularization, as of science. In English, the lovely populist sense of the word got buried in the shade of an elitist construction of ‘vulgar’ (“what we surely ain’t…”). One of the great writers of science, K.C. Cole, will introduce us to the special landscape between vulgar and popular.

Roald Hoffmann will show slides of a remarkable (some said weird) interaction of science and popular culture at the 2004 Carnaval of carnivals, in Rio. And Shawn Hansen and his band “The Brothers Zoto,” including an FM radio transmitter and an imaginary banjo player, will expand that landscape further.

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