New Meetup: James Schwartz talks about "In Pursuit of the Gene" @ Boston Public Library

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Friday, January 1, 2010 1:00 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: James Schwartz talks about "In Pursuit of the Gene" @ Boston Public Library

When: January 19,[masked]:30 PM

Where:
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
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This lecture series hosted by Science for the Public http://www.scienceforthepublic.org/ will be held in the new building (Johnson Bldg) downstairs, in the classroom C-05/06 to the right of the Rabb Lecture Hall.

From the Science for the Public Website:
http://www.scienceforthepublic.org/?page_id=627

"The discovery of the structure of DNA and the more recent advances of genomic science represent the culmination of one hundred years of concentrated inquiry into the nature of the gene. Behind the ?official version? of this history lies a far more complex and illuminating narrative. Combining his training as a mathematician, geneticist and writer, James Schwartz will discuss the central ideas of heredity and at the same time bring to life the brilliant and often eccentric individuals who shaped these ideas".

Where to Meet:

T.J. Maher will be waiting in the lobby of the new building, entrance next to the Boylston Street Inbound T Stop, starting at 5:45 pm. We can grab seats downstairs at 6:15 pm. T.J. is 5 foot 7, with short brown hair, blue eyes, a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag, and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag.

About the book, In Pursuit of the Gene: From Darwin to DNA, by James Schwartz
http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog/SCHINH.html

"The mystery of inheritance has captivated thinkers since antiquity, and the unlocking of this mystery?the development of classical genetics?is one of humanity?s greatest achievements. This great scientific and human drama is the story told fully and for the first time in this book.

"Acclaimed science writer James Schwartz presents the history of genetics through the eyes of a dozen or so central players, beginning with Charles Darwin and ending with Nobel laureate Hermann J. Muller. In tracing the emerging idea of the gene, Schwartz deconstructs many often-told stories that were meant to reflect glory on the participants and finds that the 'official' version of discovery often hides a far more complex and illuminating narrative. The discovery of the structure of DNA and the more recent advances in genome science represent the culmination of one hundred years of concentrated inquiry into the nature of the gene. Schwartz?s multifaceted training as a mathematician, geneticist, and writer enables him to provide a remarkably lucid account of the development of the central ideas about heredity, and at the same time bring to life the brilliant and often eccentric individuals who shaped these ideas.

"In the spirit of the late Stephen Jay Gould, this book offers a thoroughly engaging story about one of the oldest and most controversial fields of scientific inquiry. It offers readers the background they need to understand the latest findings in genetics and those still to come in the search for the genetic basis of complex diseases and traits".


About Science for the Public:
http://www.scienceforthepublic.org/?page_id=2

"Science for the Public is a grassroots nonprofit organization, launched in 2009. Our mission is to improve understanding of and appreciation for science in the adult community.

"Our overall program includes monthly science lectures at the Boston Public Library and community science discussions on a broad range of science topics. We will be developing a community science TV series and online science learning materials during 2009-2010.

"We enthusiastically support the efforts of museums, universities and other institutions that encourage public interest in science, and we view our campaign as complementary to more specialized presentations of science material".

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/NerdFunBoston/calendar/12190458/

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