Brent Iverson

Dr. Brent Iverson is Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and member of the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology, at the University of Texas at Austin. Iverson has always been fascinated by the natural world. As a boy, he gravitated toward all things math, science, baseball, and golf. During the summer after his freshman year at Stanford,
he worked in a research lab and his life’s path became clear. He abandoned thoughts of a professional golf career because he discovered his true passion was science in general and chemistry in particular. After his postdoctoral work, he decided to come to the University of Texas because he wanted to become a teacher-scholar, not just a researcher.

Iverson holds over a dozen issued patents, and his laboratory has developed a cure for anthrax that has been licensed commercially and is in FDA clinical trials. In recent years, his love of sports has been focused on running. He and his wife have completed six marathons together.

Dr. Brent Iverson discusses the limits of scientific understanding.

In this excerpt, Dr. Brent Iverson, Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin talks about the limits of scientific understanding, and how the scientific method really works. He encourages journalists to keep in mind that scientists don’t necessarily have answers, reminding us “You can only prove a hypothesis wrong.”

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