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


This is where you will find any materials other than books that we will be using during the course. If anything is missing or a link doesn't work, please let me know.

Suggested Reading

  • Robinson, Ken: Out of our minds
  • De Bono Edward: Six Thinking Hats


  • Van Cliburn: Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C sharp minor, op.3 no.2 (MP3)
  • Byron Janis: Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C sharp minor, op.3 no.2 (MP3)


  • Morrison, Robert T.: "The Lecture System in Teaching Science" (PDF)
  • Hari, Johann: "Science is thrilling – except in our schools" (PDF)
  • Feyerabend, Paul: "Science and Myth" (PDF)
  • Lakatos, Imre: "Falsification and the Methodology of Scientific Research Programs" (PDF)
  • Abbott, Andrew: The Aims of Education Address (HTML · PDF)
  • Wesch, Michael: A Vision of Students Today
  • Goldstein, Rebecca: "Falsifiability" (PDF)
  • Gould, Stephen Jay: "Evolution as Fact and Theory" (PDF)
    Gould, Stephen Jay: "Dinosaur in a Haystack" (PDF)
  • Dennett, Daniel C.: "Show Me the Science" (PDF)
  • Popper, Karl: "Science: Conjectures and Refutations" (PDF)
  • Sagan, Carl: "The Fine Art of Baloney Detection" (PDF)
  • Feynman, Richard: "The Uncertainty of Science" (PDF)
  • Lakatos, Imre: "Science and Pseudoscience" (PDF)
  • Sagan, Carl: "Can We Know the Universe?" (PDF)
  • Diamond, Jared: "Kinship With the Stars" (PDF)


  • "The Selfish Green" (AVI, 700 MByte · YouTube)
  • Evelyn Glennie: How to listen to music with your whole body (TED)
  • Benjamin Zander: Classical music with shining eyes (TED)
  • Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? (TED)
  • BBC The Big Bang Machine (AVI, 750 MByte)
    Brian Cox: An inside tour of the world's biggest supercollider (TED)
  • BBC Horizon - "The President's Guide to Science" (AVI, 400 MByte)
  • BBC Horizon - "A War on Science" (AVI, 468 MByte)
  • BBC Horizon - "The Pleasure of Finding Things Out"; an interview with Richard Feynman (AVI, 591 MByte)


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