More Science Books @ SAPL
The global warming reader : a century of writing about climate change - Various Authors
Call number 363.73874 GLOBAL 2012
Publication Date 2012
Call number NEW 551.566 BOGARD 2013
Publication date 2013
Call number NEW 501 WHITE 2013
Publication date 2013
Call number 620.5 SARGENT
Publication date 2006
Call number 500 MAD 2012
Publication date 2012
Call number 611 Shubin, alos available as an audio book
Publication date 2008
The Deep - Claire Nouvian
Call number 591.77 DEEP
Publication date 2007
Incognito: the secret lives of the brain - David Eagleman
Call number 153 Eagleman, also available online and for download
Publication date 2011
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Why Should You Be Scientifically Literate?
Why Should You Be Scientifically Literate?
Robert M. Hazen
Robert M. Hazen, Ph.D., is a research scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Geophysical Lab
We live in an age of constant scientific discovery — a world shaped by revolutionary new technologies. Just look at your favorite newspaper. The chances are pretty good that in the next few days you’ll see a headline about global warming, cloning, fossils in meteorites, or genetically engineered food. Other stories featuring exotic materials, medical advances, DNA evidence, and new drugs all deal with issues that directly affect your life. As a consumer, as a business professional, and as a citizen, you will have to form opinions about these and other science-based issues if you are to participate fully in modern society.
Scientific literacy helps us understand the issues.
More and more, scientific and technological issues dominate national discourse, from environmental debates on ozone depletion and acid rain, to economic threats from climate change and invasive species. Understanding these debates has become as basic as reading. All citizens need to be scientifically literate to:
appreciate the world around them
make informed personal choices
It is the responsibility of scientists and educators to provide everyone with the background knowledge to help us cope with the fast-paced changes of today and tomorrow.
What is scientific literacy?
Scientific literacy, quite simply, is a mix of concepts, history, and philosophy that help you understand the scientific issues of our time.
Scientific literacy is not the specialized, jargon-filled esoteric lingo of the experts. You don’t have to be able to synthesize new drugs to appreciate the importance of medical advances, nor do you need to be able to calculate the orbit of the space station to understand its role in space exploration. Scientific
literacy is rooted in the most general scientific principles and broad knowledge of science; the scientifically literate citizen possesses facts and vocabulary sufficient to comprehend the context of the daily news. If you can understand scientific issues in magazines and newspapers (if you can tackle articles about genetic engineering or the ozone hole with the same ease that you would sports, politics, or the arts) then you are scientifically literate
Admittedly, this definition of scientific literacy does not satisfy everyone. But my colleagues and I feel strongly that those who insist that everyone must understand science at a deep level are confusing two important but separate aspects of scientific knowledge. As in many other endeavors, doing science is obviously distinct from using science; and scientific literacy concerns only the latter.
TED Talk - Laura Snyder
The Philosophical Breakfast Club
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Science is for everyone, kids included
Dance Your PHD 2012 Contest Winner
A Love Story
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Science Videos @ SAPL
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
Title Brave new world with Stephen Hawking
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
Dance your PHD 2012
Joel Miller, a biomedical engineer at the University of Western Australia in Perth, ... won the grand prize in Science's fourth annual (2012) "Dance Your Ph.D." contest, a competition that recognizes the best dance interpretations of scientific doctoral work.
Miller's entry (see his video in the middle column), which also notched the top score in the physics category, was based on his Ph.D. research using lasers to create titanium alloys strong and flexible enough for long-lasting hip replacements.
The rules of the contest were simple: Each dance had to be based on a scientist's Ph.D. research, and that scientist had to be part of the dance. A record 55 dances were submitted to ... the contest, (and covered) everything from psychology to astrophysics. The finalists ... (were ) scored by a panel of judges that included scientists from Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Boston University, as well as choreographers from Pilobolus and ... (Broadway dancers).
For more information, see http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/10/dance-your-phd-winner-announced.html