Thirteenth Labor

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CRC Press, Jun 23, 1999 - Business & Economics - 212 pages
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Written to explore how we might improve science literacy among future citizens - & generally how we can foster a more humane, globally oriented society - given the technological democracy in which most of us live, this book addresses topics such as the importance of transdisciplinarity in science education, the role of science centers in improving science literacy, & the importance of creating an "empathetic science." Seeking innovative approaches to science & education through interdisciplinary cross talk & a suite of new ideas, a score of wise men & women, hailing from different backgrounds & disciplines - scientists, educators, philosophers, diplomats, futurists, theologians, Nobel laureates, businessmen, & high school teachers - have come together in the creation of this thought-provoking book on science education, present & future. Selected Contents: Towards a Scienceless Society? * The Neglected, But Not Negligible, Responsibility of Science to Society & to Future Generations * Cosmological Education for Future Generations * Tolstoy, Napoleon & Gompers * The Thirteenth Labor of Hercules * Confronting Complexity: A New Meaning to World Literacy * Science Literacy for the 21st Century
  

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Contents

Transdisciplinarity in Science Education and in Science
15
The Hidden Subtext
35
Tolstoy Napoleon and Gompers Freeman Dyson
53
Science Education and the Crisis of Gullibility
71
A New Meaning to World
87
Sciences and the Future of Human Culture
101
A Question of Will Not Knowledge Janet Ward
123
The Role of Science
139
Why Dont Physics Students Understand Physics? Building
163
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About the author (1999)

Eric J. Chaisson is Research Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Director of the H. Dudley Center for Innovative Science Education at Tufts University. He is the author of Cosmic Dawn, nominated for the National Book Award for distinguished science writing.

TAE-CHANG KIM is President of the Institute for Integrated Study of Future Generations in Kyoto, Japan.

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