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Book talk on science to present different views

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In addition to Story Time this Saturday, the tweens and teens will each have their own program to attend, as well.

Teens will be provided the supplies to create their own fidget spinner and put a personal twist on this popular item, as well as hang out with other teens to talk about favorite books and authors. Refreshments will be provided, too. For tweens, ages 10-12, they will be able to make their own “frankentoys,” a new creation derived from pieces and broken parts of other toys. No registration is required, but space is limited to 24 participants, so arrive early.

You can contact the library by calling 575-622-7101, visit us at 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave., or the website at http://roswell-nm.gov/405/Roswell-Public-Library.

Book Talk by Robert Briggs, Circulation Supervisor

Science is a necessary part of human life. It has granted us the tools to advance from a hunter-gathering lifestyle to the top species on the planet. With it, we created worldwide communication, many different modes of transportation, and even sent people into space. The results have accomplished much to the benefit of many, yet few of us have little understanding of how things work and the methods that scientists use to advance society. For those wanting to gain a greater understanding of such things, there is no better place to look than the library.

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Richard Dawkins is one of the best known biologists still living today. He is a fierce proponent of rationalism and scientific thought, and has written many provocative books on the subjects of evolution and faith. His book, “Science in the Soul,” is a collection of his writings from across the span of three decades that discusses several of his theories about genetics, evolution, and religion. He emphasizes the importance of rational thought and scientific observation when selecting world leaders. He also takes on bad science and the lack of empirical evidence that plague the decision-making processes of so many. Dawkins even humanizes himself in his memorials to his father and shows his appreciation for humorous characters such as Dr. Doolittle. “Science of the Soul” may seem like a daunting read, but Dawkins is very capable of relaying the information to us laypeople, while still provoking thought. This book is highly suggested for anybody who doesn’t mind a little bit of controversy with their science.

“The Great Unknown: Seven Journeys to the Frontiers of Science,” by mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, explores concepts such as human consciousness, mathematics, space, and time. He discusses the upper limits of current knowledge, poetically wrestling with the nature of all existence, big and small. The chapters are split up into seven different “journeys”: Chaos, matter, quantum physics, the universe, time, consciousness and infinity, with a prelude defining and discussing unknowns and an ending chapter that touches on whether or not there are things that the human mind simply cannot know. As mentioned before, du Sautoy’s prose is poetic, yet he still manages to relay the information to the lay person in an understandable manner. This book is as much philosophy as it is science, and those who enjoy thinking will find a lot to like in “The Great Unknown.”

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