Science-Book Challenge 2009 – Scienticity

I love science. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated with the world around me. Biology was an early passion, followed by marine science, geology and just about everything else. Lucky for me, no one told me that science was hard, boring, confusing, icky or something that girls just didn’t do. Even luckier – I found people who shared their love of science with me.

I am equally passionate about teaching science. Not just in the classroom, although my hat comes off to everyone who does that well – Lord knows there are too few of you! I have worked with people of all ages in all sorts of settings: forests, coral reefs, and concrete jungles as well as online and on the air. My particular interest and one I employ everyday in my professional life is making science accessible, interesting and fun to non-scientists. That’s why I started this blog!

The image is a portion of the fractal Mandelbrot set, created by Kevin Wong (source); Creative Commons License, used with permission. Please use this image in your own blog to publicize the 2009 Science-Book Challenge.
The image is a portion of the fractal Mandelbrot set, created by Kevin Wong (source); Creative Commons License, used with permission. Please use this image in your own blog to publicize the 2009 Science-Book Challenge.

Today’s post is dedicated to a project designed to increase science literacy through reading: the Science-Book Challenge 2009. The Science-Book Challenge is easy: read three science books in 2009, then tell others about the books you’ve read and help spread science literacy. You can sign on anytime in 2009.  (And if you’ve already read those three books and want to share what you’ve learned, I bet they’ll give you ‘credit’ – they’re good like that!).

I’ve signed up to read and share the “Your Inner Fish: A journey into the 3.5 Billion Year History of the Human Body” by Neil Shubin. I’ll post what I learn about it here and on Scienticity’s Book Notes site.  And I’ll let you know what I’m going to read next – something related to ocean and/or climate, no doubt!

The Science-Book Challenge is part of Scienticity, a project of Ars Hermeneutica aimed at increasing science literacy. By their definition scienticity refers to how much one has integrated an analytical and rational outlook into one’s world-view. To me, it’s the degree to which one uses critical thinking when looking at everything in the world – not just science-related topics.

So head on over the the Science-Book Challenge 2009 website and start reading something sciency (my word :-)) today! Come on back and let me know what you’re reading – and let me know how you like it.  I might just ask to borrow it when your done!

If you’re looking for a place to purchase those cool science books, head on over to Better World Books – they raise money for literacy programs around the world, have a great selection AND offer free, carbon-neutral shipping anywhere in the US (only $3.97 worldwide)! Can’t do better than that.

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