English for Scientists
Winter Term 2008-9
Fridays, 2−4 pm; room 055, Computer Science building, Takustr. 9.

The Book

One of the requirements you will have to meet in order to be awarded credits for this course is that over a period of three months starting at the end of October you read a book of your choice that falls into the scientific writing category. Below is a table containing a couple of suggestions from me that you may choose from. If you have come up with something on your own, get my seal of approval and add the book to the table. In any event, please make sure the title of the book you chose and your name appear in this table by 31 October.

The first 13 books in this table are available on the Reserved Book Shelf in the faculty library in Arnimallee. If you would like to borrow one of these books, please contact me so I can authorise you to take it out. (Click on the titles for synopses and reviews.)

Author: Title Name of Student
Gyorgy Buzsaki: Rhythms of the Brain Christian Kleineidam
Dennett, Daniel: Breaking the Spell Christian Sch.
Quammen, David: The Song of the Dodo Dummy D.
Greene, Brian: The Fabric of the Cosmos Tom Bullmann
Pinker, Steven: The Blank Slate Dummy D.
Atkins, Peter: Galileo's Finger Matthias Philipp
Diamond, Jared: Guns, Germs and Steel Andreas Hochenegger
Sacks, Oliver: Uncle Tungsten Dummy D.
Gould, Stephen Jay: Dinosaur in a Haystack Alexander Surma
Gardner, Martin: Great Essays in Science Dummy D.
Dawkins, Richard: The God Delusion Friedemann Altrock
Dawkins, R.: The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing Adrian Tazbir
Sagan, Carl: The Demon-Haunted World Dummy D.
Pinker, Steven: The Language Instinct Tas Sóti
Hawking, Stephen: A Brief History of Time Carlos Díaz
Randall, Lisa: Warped Passages Ole Rummel
Feynman, Richard: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out Thilo N.
Dennett, Daniel: Darwin's dangerous Idea Simon Putzke
Kaku, Michio: Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century Richard Wilhelm
Shermer, Michael: Why People Believe Weird Things Laura Gellert

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