The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge

April 6, 2017

The Arts Club of Chicago
201 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL, USA


The Chicago Council on Science and Technology and the Institute for Advanced Study Present “The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge”

Robbert Dijkgraaf, Institute for Advanced Study Director and Leon Levy Professor, will discuss the re-publication of “The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge” (Princeton University Press), which features IAS Founding Director Abraham Flexner’s classic essay of the same title, first published in Harper’s magazine in 1939. Flexner describes a great paradox of scientific research, that the search for answers to deep questions, motivated solely by curiosity and without concern for applications, often leads not only to the greatest scientific discoveries but also to the most revolutionary technological breakthroughs. In the book’s companion essay, Dijkgraaf emphasizes how essential curiosity-driven research is to our world of tomorrow. A book signing and reception will follow the event. This event is free and open to the public.

Event Details

The Arts Club of Chicago is located at 201 E. Ontario Street, Chicago, IL. 60611. The program will begin at 6 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but advanced registration is strongly encouraged, using link below.

The Arts Club of Chicago is easily accesible via public transportation. You can take the CTA and exit the Red Line at Grand Avenue, or take the Brown, Orange, Purple, Green and Pink Lines trains and alight at the Clark/Lake St. Station. If you plan to drive, there are three nearby parking facilities: Park 1, at the northeast corner of Ohio and St. Clair; General Parking, at the southwest corner of Ontario and St. Clair; and Standard Parking, at the northeast corner of Ontario and Fairbanks.

To learn more about the book, “The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge” please click here.