Pearls of Computation: Michael Polanyi

  • 20.1.2017, 12:15 - 13:00

Date and time: Friday, 20 January 2017, from 12:15 till 13:00
Place: M110
Title: Michael Polanyi: Polymath
Speaker: Marcel Kyas (Reykjavík University)

Abstract: Michael Polanyi (1891--1976, was a chemist and a philosopher that attempted to bridge the gap between fact and value, science and humanity. He was friends with Albert Einstein and Alan Turing. Especially his philosophical writings have wide-reaching influence. His writings on personal knowledge influenced Dreyfus' criticism of artificial intelligence and Thomas Kuhn's work on the philosophy of science. Eventually, his writings on tacit knowledge influenced the field of knowledge management, especially the work of Nonaka and Takeuchi.

This talk is a part of the Pearls of Computation Lecture Series given by the School of Computer Science at Reykjavik University, which profiles the life and work of outstanding computer scientists that have shaped their respective fields of study. See<> for further details on this public seminar series.