The New York Times Book of Science
F 2017


For more than 150 years the New York Times has covered groundbreaking scientific events in hundreds of columns to make science understandable to the layman. In a recent book: “The New York Times Book of Science” is conveniently divided into 13 major topic headings, further subdivided in numerous articles from which participants can easily pick several for their respective session.

This SD/G will use these articles to comment on their acceptance and discuss if any changes have occurred to refute the original concepts or whether they have stood the test of time (in this case further experimentation, discoveries or expansion of the original ideas). 

This SD/G does not require a science background since the articles were written for the general public not for scientists.

Weekly Topics

  1. Archeology: Rediscovering Civilizations.
  2. Technology: Invention and Revolution
  3. Astronomy: Of Time and the Stars
  4. Biology: The Mechanism of Life
  5. Earth Science: Plates, Poles and Oceans
  6. The Environment: Challenges to Life
    1. The Natural World
  7. The Environment: Challenges to Life
    1. The Changing Climate
  8. Exploration: New World, Down Here and Out There
  9. Life on Earth: Biology, Paleontology, Zoology
  10. Mathematics: Reality to Infinity
  11. Medicine: Outbreaks and Breakthroughs
  12. Neuroscience: Secrets of the Brain
  13. On Science and Scientists: People, Process and Portrayals   
  14. Physics: Understanding and Inconceivable


The New York Times Book of Science, David Corcoran and Briane Greene, 2015