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[Science Ka Adda] The Water Car and Why Crackpot Science Thrives in Pakistan: A Talk by Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy


Dr. Pervez HoodbhoyRemember the Agha Waqar ‘water kit’ drama? Why was it bad science and how did he get away with it?

“The laws of physics, in particular a fundamental scientific principle known as the Second Law of Thermodynamics, impose inviolable constraints. Every machine constructed anywhere uses the Second Law. This is something that I learned in my first year as a student at MIT and have taught for 40 years. No serious scientist would dream of challenging the Second Law. Agha Waqar Ahmad’s ‘water kit’, if one believes science to be right, simply cannot work. What the inventor, the ministers, the anchors and scientists claim on TV is wrong”. Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy

Join The Second Floor (T2F)  for a Science Ka Adda session with Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy who will talk about the ‘water car’ and why crackpot science thrives in Pakistan.

Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy is currently Visiting Professor in the Physics department at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. He received the Abdus Salam Prize for Mathematics in 1984 and is the author of 65 scientific research papers. He is chairman of Mashal, a non-profit organization which publishes books in Urdu on women’s rights, education, environmental issues, philosophy, and modern thought.

Dr. Hoodbhoy has written and spoken extensively on topics ranging from science in Islam to education issues in Pakistan and nuclear disarmament. He produced a 13-part documentary series in Urdu for Pakistan Television on critical issues in education, and two series aimed at popularizing science. He is the author of ’Islam and Science: Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality’, now in 5 languages. In 2003, Dr. Hoodbhoy was awarded UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for popularizing science in Pakistan with TV serials and his film ’The Bell Tolls for Planet Earth’ won honorable mention at the Paris Film Festival.

Date: Friday, 2nd November, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F),10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi-75500.

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