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      April 15, 2020

      Wednesday   6:00 PM (on various days)

      Market Street
      Sydney, New South Wales 2000

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      Reading Science at Manly Library

      Fascinated by science? You are invited to join the Reading Science group to read and discuss recent scientific developments or other areas of popular science. Meeting on the third Wednesday of the month, this group is run by Manly Library members and everyone will have the opportunity to share ideas. Date Title/Author Theme 18 Sep 19    Origins: How the Earth Made Us: Lewis Dartnell   As a species we are shaped by our environment. Geological forces drove our evolution-The human story is the story of these forces, from plate tectonics and climate change, to atmospheric circulation and ocean currents. How are the Himalayas linked to the orbit of the Earth, and to the formation of the British Isles? By taking us billions of years into our planet's past, Professor Lewis Dartnell tells us the ultimate origin story. 16 Oct 19   Seeds of Science: Why We Got it Wrong on GMOs: Mark Lynas   This book lifts the lid on the anti-GMO craze and shows how science was left by the wayside as a wave of public hysteria swept the world. Mark takes us back to the origins of the technology and introduces the scientific pioneers who invented it. He explains what led him to question his earlier assumptions about GM food, and talks to both sides of this fractious debate to see what still motivates worldwide opposition today.     20 Nov 19 Sustainable Energy Without The Hot Air: David JC Mackay Addressing the sustainable energy crisis in an objective manner, this enlightening book analyses the relevant numbers and organises a plan for change on both a personal level and an international scale. Free on line: https://www.withouthotair.com  December No Meeting       15 Jan 20 The Demon in the Machine: Paul Davies   “Davies reveals how biological processes, from photosynthesis to birds' navigation abilities, rely on quantum mechanics, and explores whether quantum physics could prove to be the secret key of all life on Earth.”   19 Feb 20 Nine Pints: Rose George From a prize-winning writer, a fascinating exploration of blood: the stuff of life, the stuff of nightmares, and one of the most expensive liquids on the planet.   18 Mar 20 Built: Roma Agrawal The Hidden stories Behind our structures. Surprising stories behind our built environment by the star structural engineer and campaigner for women in engineering - how construction has evolved from the mud huts of our ancestors to skyscrapers of steel that reach into the sky.   15 Apr 20 Defeating the Ministers of Death: David Isaacs The Compelling history of vaccination. Professor David Isaacs, an eminent Australian Authority on paediatric infectious disease, tells us the story of vaccination, rich with trial, error, sabotage and success. It’s the tragedy of lives lost, the drama of competition and discovery, the culpability of blotched testing, and the triumph of effective, lifelong immunity. 20 May 20 Pathfinders: Jim Al-Khalili The Golden Age of Arabic Science. For over 700 years the international language of sciences was Arabic. In Pathfinders, Jim Al-Khalili celebrates the forgotten, inspiring pioneers who helped shape our understanding of the world during the golden age of Arabic science. [Published in UK. Hardcopies ordered through bookshops or on-line may have 4 weeks delivery time; available on Kindle] 17 June 20 Woos Wonderful World of Maths: Eddie Woo Why is a rainbow curved? Why aren't left-handers extinct? How is a sunflower like a synchronised swimmer? Why is 'e' a magic number? The answer to these questions is contained within one simple word: MATHS. Because maths is all about patterns, and our universe is extraordinarily patterned. How has this young Australian teacher made maths so enticing for so many people today? 15 July 20 Human Errors: Nathan Lent A Panorama of Our Glitches, From Pointless Bones to Broken Genes. As biologist Nathan H. Lents explains, our evolutionary history is a litany of mistakes, each more entertaining and enlightening than the last. By exploring human shortcomings, we can peer into our past, because each of our flaws tells a story about our species’ evolutionary history 19 Aug 20 The Best Australian Writing 2019: UNSW This popular yearly anthology gives a snapshot of the very best science writing Australia has to offer, including everything from the most esoteric philosophical questions about ourselves and the universe, through to practical questions about the environment in which we live.

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      This event repeats on various days: Jun 17, Jul 15, Aug 19

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