Distingusished Scientists Say These Are The Grand Challenges For Science


From harnessing artificial intelligence to understanding our origins, a panel of distinguished scientists outlined the grand challenges for science in the 21st century. Held at Nanyang Technological University and moderated by independent writer and lecturer Tor Norretranders, the panel session comprised Sydney Brenner, Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine; W. Brian Arthur, external professor at the Santa Fe Institute; Astronomer Royal Martin Rees; Terrence Sejnowski, Francis Crick Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies; and Eörs Szathmáry, director of the Parmenides Center for the Conceptual Foundations of Science. A long-time champion of the multiverse theory of the origin of the universe, Rees hypothesizes that the Big Bang is merely one out of billions. Grand Challenges for Science in the 21st Century was a four-day panel discussion organized by Nanyang Technological University, taking place from June 13 to 16, 2016.