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  • You Are What You Eat: The Long History of Knowing about Our Food, Our Bodies, and Ourselves

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Presented by Science & the City and the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Section, and The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science.

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    One of the great success stories of the last century or so in the history of science is the understanding of nutrition and food chemistry. Thanks to nutrition science and related fields, we now have reliable knowledge of the components and functions of our food. Yet nutrition science is a very recent achievement, and it represents a major break from ways of thinking about our food and our bodies that characterized Western culture for almost two millennia. This talk introduces the medical tradition once known as "dietetics" ("regimen" or "hygiene"), which was dominant from Antiquity through the 17th and 18th centuries, and it brings a historical perspective to bear on taken-for-granted aspects of present-day thinking about our food, our relationship to scientific expertise, and our place in nature.

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    This event is part of the From Stone Age to Internet Age: How Science Has Evolved over Time Series, which also includes the following events:

    Science as a Modern Creation Story: An Evening with David Christian
    Tuesday, October 5, 2010 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    From Stone Tools to the Internet: How Humans Adapt to Technology
    Tuesday, November 9, 2010 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century
    Wednesday, December 15, 2010 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Historic Tales of the Periodic Table: An Evening with Sam Kean
    Thursday, February 17, 2011 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Register for the whole series now.

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