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STS OneBook for 2013-14

For those arriving to study in September 2013, this year's STS OneBook selection:

  • Numbers, Ronald (editor). 2009. Galileo Goes to Jail, and other myths about science and religion (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press), 302p. Order Amazon UK: hardcover | paperback | Kindle | many secondhand copies are available, too:

Our OneBook selection for 2013 explores one of the most important fractures of our generation. Are science and religion incompatible? Must they be in conflict? This collection of essays features a series of STS scholars engaging these important questions through some of the most persistent myths in the subject.

Why OneBook?

The goals of our 'OneBook' programme are:

1. increase intellectual integration across disparate courses
2. increase common ground for students in different year groups
3. encourage informal learning

Each year, the Department asks all staff and students to read one book in common during the summer, then arrive for the new session ready to discuss both its substance and its broader value. Incoming students should read this prescribed book. It will be the subject of activities during induction week and will be used in Year1 courses.

We're in our eighth year

Past books in the series include:

  • Mark Henderson's Geek Manifesto
  • Jon Turney's The Rough Guide to The Future
  • Bill Bryson's Seeing Further: The Story of Science and the Royal Society: 350 Years of the Royal Society and Scientific Endeavour
  • Ben Goldacre's Bad Science
  • Thomas Dixon's Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction
  • Jenny Uglow's The Lunar Men
  • Jared Diamond's Collapse

High praise

STS OneBook was praised highly by UCL's quality review team in their 2012 regular audit of the department. It was described as innovative and key to creating a shared learning enviroment.

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