Never pure, the history of science by Steven Shapin

Never pure, the history of science by Steven Shapin

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Book review by Katherine Bouton published in the New York Times in the beginning of July. The review is about Steven Shapin’s «Never pure: historical studies of science as if it was produced by people with bodies, situated in time, space, culture, and society, and struggling for credibility and authority», published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

You can sometimes judge a book by its cover. “Never Pure” is a snappy title, evoking Ivory soap (99 and 44/100 percent pure) and Edgar Allan Poe (“nevermore”). It promises a cross-cultural look at the history of science with contemporary relevance. The cover image is a classy 17th-century painting of an alchemical laboratory, suggesting a deep historical perspective. Read the full review.

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New Delhi hosts the 11th PCST Conference

New Delhi hosts the 11th PCST Conference

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The 11th International Conference of the Public Communication of Science and Technology Network (PCST) will be held in New Delhi from 6-10 December 2010. The event is expected to attract 500 registrants, international and from India. If you would like to speak at the Conference, submit an abstract by going to its web site. The closing date for abstracts is 31 August. Visit the web site for full information about the conference.

The Scopes monkey trial, 85 years later

The Scopes monkey trial, 85 years later

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John Thomas ScopesThe man in the picture is John Thomas Scopes. He was a teacher in Dayton (Tennessee, USA) who in 1925 was brought to court for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. At that time, teaching evolution in Tennessee meant a violation of the Butler Act, a law prohibiting it in that State. The charge led to the trial formally known as The State of Tennessee vs. Scopes (popularly, the Scopes monkey trial), a milestone in the struggle of creationism followers to recognize their «religion» as a scientific truth. It attracted the media attention (read, for example, a chronicle of 1925) and inspired the play Inherit the wind (read the review of its release), and various film and television versions. In fact, 85 years later, the trial is still a current issue and some media talk about it.

Javier Trueba critica la ausencia de ciencia en televisión

Javier Trueba critica la ausencia de ciencia en televisión

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El director de documentales y fotógrafo Javier Trueba criticó el jueves pasado la pobre apuesta de las televisiones por los programas de divulgación científica, comparado con las horas que los canales dedican al fútbol. Trueba realizó dichas declaraciones en el acto de presentación su último documental, «El misterio de los critsales gigantes», cuyo tráiler adjuntamos más abajo, que tuvo lugar en la Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo. El realizador también alertó de la deriva hacia el sensacionalismo que está sufriendo el género documental.

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