Can history be a science?


On the way home last night, I attended a lecture in Vanderbilt’s new Martha Rivers Ingram Center for the Performing Arts by author and UCLA professor Jared Diamond, winner of a history Pulitzer for Guns, Germs & Steel. Diamond also is an entertaining, witty lecturer with a stereotypically disheveled professorial appearance. He didn’t cover much new ground for those who have read his book, but did present an enjoyable 45-minute recap of the 13,000 years it covers. I’m a fan of the book and now of the author. And of the new 600-seat concert hall for Nashville.