UFAZ Guest Lectures presents: "The emergence of a new science" by Dr. Pierre Mounier-Kuhn

2018-09-10

On 10 September 2018, Historian and Researcher at CNRS & Sorbonne Université, adjunct professor of Sciences and Technology History at Ecole Centrale-Supélec, Dr. Pierre Mounier-Kuhn start the new academic year at UFAZ as a guest lecturer on the topic of  "The emergence of a new science."

 

Ambassador of France to Azerbaijan Aurelia Bouchez also attended the lecture and introduced Dr. Mounier-Kuhn to the auditorium. The guests of the lecture were not only the students of UFAZ but also Baku Higher Oil School, Baku State University and different think tanks represented in Azerbaijan.

 

Speaking of the history of IT in the XXth century, Professor Pierre Mounier-Kuhn analyzed two innovation processes: The invention of the computer, then the emergence (or social construction) of computer science. Both processes/models can be applied, comparatively, to the history of other innovations, technologies or academic disciplines.  


In conclusion, Prof. Mounier-Kuhn mentioned further topics: the role of government in conducting policies to develop science and industry in new technologies; and the evolving role of women in this field. He emphasized that the 1960s-1970s were a "golden age" for graduate women in computer science and industry, compared with their decline in these professions at the end of the century. The lecture ended with the "question&answer" session.

 

Pierre Mounier-Kuhn wrote (together with Emmanuel Lazard) and published a book on "Histoire illustrée de l'informatique" (EDP Science, Paris, 2016). You can find it by clicking on the book name.