Shaking Up the Social Sciences? A New Kind of Science for the 21st Century

Nicholas Christakis is a leading social scientist and physician at Yale University. His work explores the deep social, biological, and mathematical rules governing social interactions and social networks. Recently, he has argued that the social sciences are changing in desirable ways that our society and our universities should embrace — they are becoming more biological, more experimental, and more data intense. In the past century, the physical and biological sciences offered great hope for improving human welfare, but in the 21st century, the social sciences offer equal promise for enhancing our well-being.

Festival: 2014

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