The theme of the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston is "The Beauty and Benefits of Science." According to AAAS President William H. Press, the theme points to the "unreasonable effectiveness" of the scientific enterprise in "creating economic growth, solving societal problems, and satisfying the essential human drive to understand the world in which we live." The phrase "unreasonable effectiveness" was coined in 1960 by physicist Eugene Wigner, who explored the duality of mathematics – both beautiful unto itself, and also eminently practical, often in unexpected ways.
The wide-ranging AAAS Annual Meeting will feature more than 160 scientific symposia and lectures; a poster competition; career fair; career workshops; and an exhibit hall.
Details about the scientific program and speakers are available at the AAAS Annual Meeting Web site: http://www.aaas.org/meetings
Press, professor of computer science and integrative biology at the University of Texas, Austin, will open the meeting with the President's Address at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, 14 February 2013.
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