CEU Press cordially invites you to the discussion around and book launch of
BRILLIANCE IN EXILE
The Diaspora of Hungarian Scientists from John von Neumann to Katalin Karikó
with authors ISTVÁN HARGITTAI, Professor Emeritus, science historian, BALAZS HARGITTAI, Professor of Organic Chemistry of Saint Francis University
and MICHAEL L. MILLER, Head of the CEU Nationalism Studies Program, co-founder of the CEU Jewish Studies program.
Katalin Karikó, Professor of Biochemistry (joining online)
UPDATE: We are sorry to announce that due to a scheduling conflict Katalin Karikó won't be able the join the launch event.
Gábor Bojár, Entrepreneur, founder of Graphisoft (joining online)
Joseph Nagyváry, Professor of Biochemistry and biophysics, violin maker (joining online)
Árpád Furka, Professor of Organic Chemistry
György Buzsáki, Professor of Neuroscience (joining online)
Introductory J. S. Bach d-moll Allemande performed by Lili Simon, violinist from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music.
Reception to follow
QUANTUM ROOM 101 / CEU Budapest
1051 BUDAPEST / NÁDOR UTCA 15.
You can join the event online:
ZOOM ID: 331 522 8086
More about the book:
Hungary’s intellectual legacy is mind-blowing to say the least. Our new book, 𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗘𝘅𝗶𝗹𝗲: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗶𝗮𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗮 𝗼𝗳 𝗛𝘂𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗦𝗰𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗝𝗼𝗵𝗻 𝘃𝗼𝗻 𝗡𝗲𝘂𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗞𝗮𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗻 𝗞𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗸𝗼́ is about fifty magnificient scientists who left Hungary during the hundred years between the late 1800s and the late 1900s to acquire fame outside their home country.
Istvan and Balazs Hargittai’s excellent research brings these personal stories to life and reflect upon the effect of exclusive and open societies on individual potential and careers in science. As inspirational as these biographies are, the exile continues and a tragic question looms over these lifepaths: what would have happened to those remarkable talents had they remained in Hungary.
“I would rather have roots than wings, but if I cannot have roots, I shall use wings," explained Leo Szilard, one of the fathers of the Atom Bomb.