Philosophical Society of Washington

What is Science and Why Do We Really Care?

G. Peter Nanos
Defense Threat Reduction Agency

2209th Meeting Abstract
Friday, October 6, 2006 at 8:15 PM


This lecture will look at the basic philosophy of science. It will address the importance of Science to American Society. Where do we find innovative science in America? How does that science find its way into all we do? What does it mean to look at the world scientifically? This lecture will address these very basic questions.

Peter Nanos

About the Author:

Pete Nanos is a Associate Director for Research and Development in the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Previously, he was Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

When he retired from the Navy as Vice Admiral, he headed the Naval Sea Systems Command. In his Navy career, he had served on destroyers and carriers. He managed the high energy laser program. He served as Deputy Director for Engineering in the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. He directed strategic programs for the Trident II submarine inertial navigation systems. He was in charge of submarine-based missile systems for the US and the UK. He received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with a gold star, the Meritorious Service Medal with four gold stars, and the Navy Achievement Medal. He is a member of the Cosmos Club.

He holds an engineering degree from the Naval Academy, where he was a Trident Scholar. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Princeton.

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