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"It's time to take the time to think about science..." Thus began the conference of the 3rd year of the Closing Lesson of the France Culture Forum which took place in February 2015 at the Grand Amphithéâtre de La Sorbonne in Paris. This conference "The year as seen by science", given by Etienne Klein, celebrates in its own way the year 2015, designated as the International Year of Light by UNESCO. It is an opportunity to reflect on what Light is, to revisit the great revolutions in physics, the theory of relativity and quantum physics, which have radically changed the way in which Light is described, understood and also not understood. 

Why don't technological advances bring universal happiness? Why are there more questions today than yesterday? Why, after so much progress and innovation, are we not in the spotlight in 2015? Etienne Klein tries to bring a reflection around these questions: How far are we from the Enlightenment?

Conference organized at La Sorbonne by ©France Culture and presented by Hervé Poirier, Editorial Director of the magazine "Science et vie".

Etienne Klein holds an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris, a DEA in theoretical physics and a PhD in philosophy of science. He has participated in various major projects, in particular the study of a superconducting cavity accelerator, the design of CERN's future large European collider, the LHC, and the development of a laser isotope separation process. He is currently head of CEA's Laboratoire de Recherche sur les Sciences de la Matière (LARSIM).

He is Professor of Physics and Philosophy of Science at Ecole Centrale de Paris.
Etienne Klein is also a member of the Company's Analysis Council chaired by Luc Ferry, of the Scientific Council of the Cité des Sciences and of the Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technical Choices. 

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Works by Etienne Klein :
- The Physics Unit, PUF, 2000
- Les Tactiques de Chronos, Flammarion, 2003.
- Petit Voyage dans le monde des quanta, Flammarion, 2004.
- Il était sept fois la révolution, Albert Einstein et les autres, Flammarion, 2005.
- The time factor never rings twice, Flammarion, 2007.
- Galilée et les Indiens, allons nous liquider la science, Le Café Voltaire, Flammarion, 2008.
– Speech on the origin of the universe, Flammarion, 2010
– The small bang of nanotechnology Odile Jacob, 2011

(Source : France culture February 2015)

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