Suppose you grew up with one of the world's great scientists. How would that shape your view of the world? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, an intimate look at the great conservationist Aldo Leopold: we'll talk with three of his children. Also, comic novelist David Lodge re-visits the war between science and the humanities.
Sarah Flannery tells Anne Strainchamps how her father taught her to excel at math by giving her puzzles and she gives a few examples. Sarah won the Young Scientist of the Year Award in Ireland and in Europe in 1999. She and her father have written a book together - "In Code: A Mathematical Journey. Also, three of Aldo Leopold's children, Nina, Carl & Estella, tell Steve Paulson what it was like to grow up as part of a pioneering experiment in prairie restoration. They had no idea what they were doing, but they loved it! We also hear an excerpt from Leopold's masterpiece "A Sand County Almanac," read by Karl Schmidt.SEGMENT 2:
Doug Gordon (a.k.a. Dr. Victor Raskolnikov) croons a tune about his experiments with cloning humans. Also, physicist Robert Park tells Jim Fleming we're inundated with pseudo-science and gives some examples of famous "scientific" scams and failures. Park's book is "Voodoo Science."SEGMENT 3:
Comic novelist David Lodge takes on the old battle between science and the humanities in his latest book, "Thinks." He tells Steve Paulson about the book; says a couple of scientific ideas have emerged as the new zeitgeist; and agrees with Steve that some of the best science writing usurps the place of literature.Cassette copies are available at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 01-08-19-B.
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