Lincoln, the Smithsonian, and Science

April 23, 2009

A discussion of Abraham Lincoln's philosophy on government-supported scientific study, the President's relationship with Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry, and the role of presidential science advisors to this day. Discussion features: Marc Rothenberg, editor of The Joseph Henry Papers Project at the Smithsonian Archives; Thomas B. Allen and Roger MacBride Allen, authors of "Mr. Lincoln's High Tech War: How the North Used the Telegraph, Railroads, Surveillance Balloons, Iron-Clads, High-Powered Weapons, and More to Win the Civil War." President Obama’s science advisor John P. Holdren, the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, offers thoughts on the challenge of Presidential science advising today. Moderated by Smithsonian Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, Richard Kurin.