The fact is, Hon Lik is not the first person to invent the e-cigarette. Way back in 1963, Herbert Gilbert made the world's first device that could be used to inhale tobacco-flavored air. In Gilbert's original version, there was no form of combustion and it was free of nicotine. He later designed a prototype that used a battery to create heat. He also used different flavors of water to create steam. He presented his prototypes to different chemical, pharmaceutical, and tobacco companies, but they simply turned down his prototypes.
Reese Witherspoon dreamt of being a non-traditionalist, reportedly wanting to transform the best actress statue she won for Walk the Line into a door knocker or a necklace (“statement” jewellery would not have cut the mustard). Neither option being practical, however, he now stands in her living room.
Addressing the environment is Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, CEU Professor and Director of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy, along with Luis Gómez-Echeverri, Senior Research Scholar at IIASA. Taking on the economic angle is CEU Visiting Professor Dora Piroska and Matthias Thiemann from Sciences Po.
This discussion will be moderated by Andrew Solomon, former head of natural history and history at ORF, and editor of UNIVERSUM.
Since February 2019, CEU’s Borderless Knowledge series features CEU professors, leading Hungarian experts and well-known public figures discussing recent scientific findings and their direct impact on contemporary life. Previous talks from the series have covered topics of the pandemic’s preventability, imminent financial crisis, archeological mysteries, global warming, networks and research on childhood cognitive development.