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THE BEAUTY AND
BENEFITS OF SCIENCE
AAAS presents the
2013 AAAS ANNUAL MEETING
THE BEAUTY AND BENEFITS OF SCIENCE
WIlliam H. Press
AAAS President and 2013 Program Chair
On behalf of the AAAS Board of Directors, it is my honor to
invite you to join us in Boston for the 2013 AAAS Annual
Meeting, 14-18 February. As you may know, this annual
event is one of the most widely recognized global science
gatherings, with hundreds of networking opportunities and broad U.S. and
international media coverage.
The meeting’s theme — The Beauty and Benefits of Science — points to the
The phrase “unreasonable effectiveness” was coined in 1960 by physicist
“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.
Eugene Wigner, who explored the duality of mathematics — both beautiful
unto itself, and also eminently practical, often in unexpected ways. The
scientific program will highlight the rich and complicated connections
between basic and applied research, and how they bring about both practical
benefits and the beauty of pure understanding.
Everyone is welcome at the AAAS Annual Meeting. Those who join us will
have the opportunity to choose among a broad range of activities, including
plenary and topical lectures by some of the world’s leading scientists and
engineers, multidisciplinary symposia, cutting-edge seminars, career
development workshops, and an international exhibition. You and your family
can also enjoy Family Science Days, a free event open to the general public.
The Annual Meeting reflects tremendous efforts from the AAAS sections,
divisions, and committees, which I gratefully acknowledge. I also extend a
personal thanks to the members of the Scientific Program Committee who
selected and assembled the many excellent ideas and proposals into this
Please join us in Boston.
William H. Press
AAAS President and Program Chair;
Warren J. and Viola M. Raymer Professor in
Computer Science and Integrative Biology
University of Texas at Austin