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What's the Big Idea? Science Literacy at the San Antonio Public Library.

Selected science sources at SAPL and online. Just for you, oh intrepid citizen scientist

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What You'll Find Here

Become engaged in science.

Browse our selected science resources or

attend a STEM program/event. 

Science for adults! Discover a BIG IDEA at the San Antonio Public Library.  



There's real poetry in the real world. Science is the poetry of reality.

                                                                             Richard Dawkins 

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.

TEDMED | Why it's so hard to make healthy decisions?

SciShow | 5 Ways Antarctica is the Place to Study Space

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.

Minute Physics

Simply put: cool physics and other sweet science. Created by Henry Reich.

Crash Course

Healthcare Triage

Healthcare Triage is a series about healthcare hosted by Dr. Aaron Carroll who explains healthcare policy, medical research, and answers a lot of other questions you may have about medicine, health, and healthcare.

eBooks on Science