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  • Published: 1 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781869796563
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

Falling for Science

Asking the Big Questions


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Brilliant examination of evolution vs creationism and of Intelligent Design by an award-winning author.

Brilliant examination of evolution vs creationism and of Intelligent Design by an award-winning author.

‘What is consciousness? Is evolution compatible with traditional religion? Does time exist or is it just our way of ordering experiences? Could a machine ever think? What do scientists really mean when they call something a fact?’ Modern science has unravelled the mystery of life, seen back to the dawn of time and peered down into the weird world of quantum mechanics. Small wonder then that people now look to science to answer the big metaphysical questions.

In Falling for Science Bernard Beckett shows this instinct to be misguided. According to Beckett, the modern fashion for making scientists ‘the High Priests of Everything’ is mysticism in a lab coat. Here the author argues for a new model of scepticism, one which leaves scientists and story tellers to each get on with what they’re best at. Beckett is a powerful, persuasive communicator who writes in the contemporary vein of popular science writers like Matt Ridley, Steven Pinker and Jared Diamond. With wit and not a little irreverence, Beckett offers a history of the ideas behind recent scientific development, and introduces the reader to arguments about the nature of consciousness, evolutionary biology, artificial intelligence – and more.

Brilliantly unsettling, Falling for Science is compulsively readable.

  • Pub date: 1 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781869796563
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the Author

Bernard Beckett

Bernard Beckett was awarded a Royal Society Fellowship for Teachers of Maths, Science and Technology in 2005, during which he worked at the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Evolution. That year, he found himself looking for a way to combine his passions for science, philosophy and storytelling. Falling for Science is his first non-fiction book. He’s written several novels, won many awards for his fiction. His lnovel Genesis was also written as a result of his time at the Allan Wilson Centre. This ‘otherworldly’ sci-fi thriller was winner of the Young Adult Fiction category in the NZ Post 2007 Book Awards.
His other books are No Alarms, Malcolm and Juliet, Jolt, Deep Fried, Home Boys and Acid Song.

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