May 14: Second Sunday Science

Sunday, May 14

9:15 - 10:15 AM | Frank Lloyd Wright Room

Important stuff about the next meeting:
May 14

We will meet in the Frank Lloyd Wright Room (Mt. Curve entrance, upper floor, last classroom on right) until further notice.

Which book?
A Brief History of Creation

by Bill Mesler and H. James Cleaves II 312 pages 2016
HCL only 3 copies + ebook Amazon $12.67 paperback also at the FUS bookstore (Yes, it’s still open)

(May and June — in May, we’ll discuss Chapters 1-7. Kristen Albinson will lead the discussion.
We need a discussion leader for June 11.)

The title is misleading! This is the history of how people thought about the origin of living things throughout history—from flies forming from rotten meat to understand DNA. It is very readable!
How science moves from incorrect notions to more complete, reasoned conclusions. How culture influences all that.
And—includes nothing about physics!

“From Aristotle to Charles Darwin, and from Louis Pasteur to Francis Crick, numerous philosophers and scientists have struggled with the question of how life first arose. Coauthors Cleaves (visiting scholar, Inst. for Advanced Study, Princeton Univ.), an organic chemist, and Mesler, a journalist, trace the many speculations about the origin of life proposed over time: spontaneous generation, abiogenesis (life from nonlife), extraterrestrial spores, extremophiles (bacteria that inhabit extreme environments) and self-replicating RNA. In telling this story, the authors not only emphasize how our understanding of the origin of life has been a function of the tools and technology available-whether through the invention of the microscope in the 17th century or the discovery of the structure of the DNA molecule in the 20th-but they also reveal how scientific objectivity can be influenced by prevailing religious, political, or professional pressures. The authors’ inclusion of an abundance of biographical and historical detail enriches both the science and the scientists. VERDICT This lively, accessible book is recommended for science enthusiasts interested in origin of life issues and the history of science.”



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