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Web site promotes science

January 13, 2009


Science doesn’t have to be the boring stuff of textbooks, University of California, Berkeley, professors are telling children and their teachers.

A new Web site, “Understanding Science,” dispels myths about science and scientists, explaining that everything from the automobile to the family cat can be better understood through science. Built by two UC Berkeley biology professors and a team of advisers, the site debuted last week.

“The Web site presents not the rigid scientific method,” said biology professor Roy Caldwell in a written statement, “but how science really works, including its creative and often unpredictable nature, which is more engaging to students and far less intimidating to those teachers who are less secure in their science.”

Much of the site is devoted to correcting misconceptions, such as that science is not creative and that all scientists are atheists. One section rejects the notion that science is done only by “old, white men.”

“The diversity of the scientific community is expanding rapidly,” the site says.

“Science is open to anyone who is curious about the natural world and who wants to take a scientific approach to his or her investigations.”

Check out “Understanding Science” at undsci.berkeley. edu.


bondmen 9 years, 4 months ago

Since Darwin's 150 year anniversary of publication of his Origin of the Species and its Favored Races and all is coming up next month, it is apparent Bezerkley is promoting its just-so stories imagining evolution as the creative force in the universe, along with the big explosion, time and chance.For science refined to its limited boundaries and separated from the just-so stories

Paul Decelles 9 years, 4 months ago

Bondman,Sounds like the boundaries of science begin where it conflicts with your irrational beliefs- too bad.

abean 9 years, 4 months ago

For a site that is creative in teaching science, look to the University of Kansas site

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