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Science and Society, Spring&Summer, 2010
    The Science and Society course covers topics in science that are currently
    in the news or should be.  The instructor explains background information
    for each topic assuming only High School General Science and Math and
    allowing for a few memory lapses.  Reading assignments are provided for
    each topic.  The instructor recommends that attendees read the material
    before the session so that they will be prepared to understand the lectures
    better and be prepared to ask about issues that puzzle them.

    The topics do not necessarily occupy one week each.  We will discuss
    each one until we are finished, then move on to the next.  If we do not
    finish the list, so it must be.

    In 2010 the lectures and discussions will address the question, “What is
    scientific fact?”  The question will be considered in connection with the
    topics Global Warming, Evolution, and Elementary Particle Physics and
    Cosmology.  Scientists and skeptics are currently debating what is firmly
    established and what is not established in each of these areas.

Topics
    1. Introduction: What is science?  What is scientific fact?
    2. Evolution
    3. Genetics: a review
    4. Genetics and Evolution
    5. Global Warming
    6. Particle Physics, the LHC, and Cosmology (definitely 2 weeks)
    7. Alternative Energy Update



The course will run for eight weeks, but some of the topics will take more
than one session.

Reading Recommendations are here
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TOALC Science and Society, 2010