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April 30, 2011

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Thank you for your wonderful workshop Anna! It was great to have you at iHub!

Hi Anna,
This reminds me of a great speech I heard by Robert Krulwich from the NPR show Radiolab. It was the Cal Tech commencement address, and he encouraged all the grads to go out and talk about what they do, even to non-scientists. He felt telling stories was the best thing they could do to help people understand and accept science more. Here's the episode if you like:

http://www.radiolab.org/blogs/radiolab-blog/2008/jul/29/tell-me-a-story/


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A.

Ooo, good tip, Andy! I just downloaded it. I'm really interested in this connection between stories and science, and in scientific literacy. (Probably in no small part because I am a non-scientist who is really interested in science.)

Without having listened to the show yet, it sounds like there is a link between Krulwich's project, and Natalie Angier's. Angier is the biology writer for the NYTimes, and she wrote this book about scientific literacy: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780547053462 While it's primarily set up as a tool for learning and celebrating science, the introduction is a nice macro-view essay. I kept reading it aloud to people...

Andy, just got a chance to listen to the podcast. Loved it! I think he's spot-on, and I was really intrigued by the differences in communication by Newton and Galileo ... Thanks for sharing.

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