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ERIC Number: EJ786492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar-1
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0277
Science's Big Picture
Sapp, Gregg
Library Journal, v132 n4 p40-42 Mar 2007
The state of science is a moving target, and its ever-shifting horizons can best be gleaned by the contents of scientific journals. However, the bigger picture of the scientific enterprise, which also encompasses its past, its future, and its overarching philosophies, can often be better represented through the more reflective pace of popular science writing. Of the 34 books selected as the best of 2006, three--Amir Aczel's "The Artist and the Mathematician", Steven Johnson's "The Ghost Map", and Chet Raymo's "Walking Zero"--draw both sobering and inspiring lessons for today from science's long history. And what's in store for the future of science? As Elizabeth Kolbert's "Field Notes from a Catastrophe" and Tim Flannery's "The Weather Makers" compellingly detail, global warming remains one of the most pressing concerns. At the same time, new theories in the physical and natural sciences, explored respectively by Charles Seife's "Decoding the Universe" and John Whitfield's "In the Beat of a Heart", have great potential. Finally, the ancient philosophical debate between science and religion was revisited from all perspectives: that of a believer (Francis Collins's "The Language of God"), an atheist (Richard Dawkins's "The God Delusion"), and an observer (Daniel C. Dennett's "Breaking the Spell").
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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