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Za začetek pa tole: The Wisdom of Calvin and Hobbes [from the library of Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes drawn from sources on the WWW]

 

Freeman Dyson je nobelov nagrajenec za fiziko, nagrado pa je dobil za svoje fundamentalno delo na kvantni elektrodinamiki. Je tudi plodovit pisec esejev o znanosti, ki so zbrani v knjigah: Disturbing the Universe, Infinite in All Directions, Origins of Life, From Eros to Gaia, Imagined Worlds, in The Sun, the Genome, and the Internet. Njegova zadnja knjiga esejev je  Many Colored Glass: Reflections on the Place of Life in the Universe. Iz te je precej zanimiv prvi esej o globalnem segrevanju, ki vas bo, upajmo, malo ohladil.

Steven Pinker je eksperimentalni psiholog in je trenutno Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology na Harvardski univerzi, pred tem pa je bil direktor Center for Cognitive Neuroscience na Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Med drugim je napisal knjige The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, Words and Rules in The Blank Slate. Tukaj prilagam njegov esej V obrambo nevarnih idej, ki ga je objavil leta 2007. Takole se začne: In every age, taboo questions raise our blood pressure and threaten moral panic. But we cannot be afraid to answer them...

The new age of ignorance. We take our young children to science museums, then as they get older we stop. In spite of threats like global warming and avian flu, most adults have very little understanding of how the world works. So, 50 years on from CP Snow's famous 'Two Cultures' essay, is the old divide between arts and sciences deeper than ever? Here we ask a celebrity panel to answer some basic scientific questions.

Fizik Freeman Dyson ,  biolog Craig Venter, biolog George Church, biolog Robert Shapiro, planetni astrofizik

Dimitar Sasselov, kvantni fizik Seth Lloyd govorijo o fenomenu življenja v Annual Edge Event v Eastover Farm v Bethlehemu, CT, 27ega Avgusta z naslovom "Life: What a Concept!"

Celoten transkript tega dogodka lahko dobite tule. Od eksobiologije, molekularne biologije, genetike, fizike in etike življenja. Dogodek je potekal le leto preden je Craig Venter sestavil prvi umetni genom. Zanimiva druščina z zanimivimi idejami. Priporočam predvsem študentom podiplomskega študija biofizike.