POPULAR SCIENCE: FIVE TOPICAL BOOKS
Emeritus Professor Anwar Mall, University of Cape Town
In an age of accelerated scientific progress it has become imperative to bring news of science to the public . Whilst we are fed daily by the media with news of amazing scientific achievements, such as the recent composite picture of a black hole 55 million light years away, a considerable opposition to scientific activity in many quarters remains . The writer Ian McEwan praised the parallel stream of literature in the popular science genre that makes science accessible to all . Richard Dawkins questions the absence of any nomination of popular science writers for the Nobel Prize in literature . This course will cover five books that deal with topical issues in the areas of psychology, neuroscience, gene editing, the energy implications of life to be sustained and black holes.
- Introduction and overview of course: The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
- What the neurosciences say about free will: Who’s in Charge? by Michael S . Gazzaniga
- Energy implications for life to be sustained: A Crack in Creation by Jennifer Doudna and Samuel Sternberg
- Gene editing: The Vital Question by Nick Lane
- Black holes: Black Holes by John Taylor
Haidt, Jonathan. 2012. The Righteous Mind. Penguin books
Gazzaniga, Michael S. 2011. Who’s in charge? Harper Collins
Doudna, Jennifer and Samuel Sternberg. 2017. A crack in creation. Penguin.
Lane, Nick. 2015. The Vital Question. Profile Books Ltd.
Taylor, John. 1973. Black Holes. Souvenir Press.