Science Books at SAPL
What You'll Find Here
Become engaged in science for adults. Browse our selected science resources and attend one of our presentations by experts in various science fields.
Discover a BIG IDEA in science at the
San Antonio Public Library.
There's real poetry in the real world. Science is the poetry of reality.
What is Scientific Literacy Anyway?
Scientific literacy means that a person can ask, find, or determine answers to questions derived from curiosity about everyday experiences.
It means that a person has the ability to describe, explain, and predict natural phenomena. Scientific literacy entails being able to read with understanding articles about science in the popular press and to engage in social conversation about the validity of the conclusions. Scientific literacy implies that a person can identify scientific issues underlying national and local decisions and express positions that are scientifically and technologically informed. A literate citizen should be able to evaluate the quality of scientific information on the basis of its source and the methods used to generate it. Scientific literacy also implies the capacity to pose and evaluate arguments based on evidence and to apply conclusions from such arguments appropriately.
(National Science Education Standards, page 22)
National Science Education Standards: http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/nses
SciShow discusses science news and history and concepts.
With equal parts skepticism and enthusiasm, they go a little deeper...without going off the deep end.
Most of the time, anyway.
Numbery goodness every week!
Videos by Brady Haran
Our World is Amazing.
Vsauce was created by Michael Stevens in the summer of 2010.
Simply put: cool physics and other sweet science.
Created by Henry Reich
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.
Dance Your Ph.D
The top prize for the 2013 “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest goes to … Cedric Tan, a biologist at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, who finished his Ph.D. there last year with a thesis titled “Sperm competition between brothers and female choice.” His dance interpretation of that research illustrates the chicken mating process using a range of styles, from swing and water ballet—yes, in actual water—to modern jazz and what can only be described as cockfighting.
The contest, now in its 6th year, is sponsored by Science magazine and AAAS (publisher of ScienceNOW).
Science Magazines @ SAPL
Title Popular science
Central Holdings May 1873-Current
Branch Holdings current 12 months held by Forest Hills, Bazan, Brook Hollow, Cody, Collins Garden, Great Northwest, Igo, Johnston, Landa, Las Palmas, Maverick, Memorial, Mission, Parman, San Pedro, Semmes, Thousand Oaks, Tobin
Central Holdings July 1981-Current
Branch Holdings current 12 months held by Forest Hills, Brook Hollow, Cody, Cortez, Great Northwest, Igo, Las Palmas, Maverick, McCreless, Memorial, Mission, Pan American, Parman, Semmes, Thousand Oaks, Tobin, Westfall
Title New scientist
Central Holdings January 1989-Current
Branch Holdings None
Title Science news
Central Holdings June 4, 2005-Current
Branch Holdings current 6 months held by Brook Hollow, Carver, Cody, Igo, Maverick, Memorial, Mission, Parman, San Pedro, Thousand Oaks, Westfall
Title Scientific American
Central Holdings July 2005-Current
Branch Holdings current 12 months held by Guerra,
Science Videos @ SAPL
Call number DVD 530 IMPOSSIBLE 4 videodiscs (ca. 720 min.) Pub date 2010
Title The Sacred Science
Call number DVD 610.98 SACRED 1 videodisc (77 min.) Pub date 2011
Title Can Science Stop Crime?
Call number DVD 364.2 CAN, 1 videodisc (60 min.) Pub date 2012
Call number DVD 522 BLAST, 1 videodisc (ca. 74 min.) Pub date 2011
Title Brave new world
Call number DVD 500.2 Brave, 2 videodiscs (ca. 231 min.) Pub date 2012
Title What will the future be like?
Call number DVD 600 WHAT, 1 videodisc (60 min.) Pub date 2013
Title Birth of civilization
Call number DVD 599.938 BIRTH, 1 videodisc (90 min.) Pub date 2008
Call number DVD 601.12 WHAT'S, 1 videodisc (60 min.) Pub date 2011
Title Can I eat that?
Call number DVD 641.3 CAN Description, 1 videodisc (60 min.) Pub date 2012
Call number DVD 500.2 BRAVE, 2 videodiscs (ca. 231 min.) Pub date 2012
Title Can science stop crime?
Call number DVD 364.CAN, 1 videodisc (60 min.) Pub date 2012
Call number DVD 591.513 WHAT, 1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.) Pub date 2012
Title Hunting the elements
Call number DVD 546 HUNTING, 1 videodisc (120 min.) Pub date 2012
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