Well the Big Ideas Bookclub is finally getting off the ground! Much thanks to Dr George Aranda and Dr Kirsty Jones who’ll be running the show. We’ll meet to discuss the book on 22nd August at 6.30pm. Please email us at info (at) embiggenbooks (dot) com or call on 03 9662 2062 to register your interest.
Anyone who buys the book from us and attends the discussion group will receive a 10% off voucher for any other paperback, but you must attend the discussion to take advantage of this.
Our first book club book has been Chosen by Dr Krystal Evans from Triple R’s excellent radioshow Einstein A Go Go. It’s called The Geek Manifesto: Why science matters by Mark Henderson. “Whether we want to improve education or cut crime, to enhance public health or to generate clean energy, we need the experimental methods of science – the best tool humanity has yet developed for working out what works. Yet from the way we’re governed to the news we’re fed by the media we’re let down by a lack of understanding and respect for its insights and evidence. In The Geek Manifesto, Mark Henderson explains why and how we need to entrench scientific thinking more deeply into every aspect of our society. A new movement is gathering. Let’s turn it into a force our leaders cannot ignore.”
Dr George Aranda from Deakin University teaches and conducts research into science communication and science education. He is interested in how narratives and book clubs can communicate science and broaden our minds. You can find his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/PopSciGuy/130239466995875
Dr Kirsty Jones has background in biochemistry and now focusses on helping scientists and medical researchers communicate their findings to the general public.
The Facebook people amongst you there is an online discussion group that has been set up for this: http://www.facebook.com/groups/333394413366004/