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July 2012 - Editor's Blog

Welcome to the SB&F Editor's Blog. I am Maria Sosa, Editor-in-Chief of SB&F. Through this blog I hope to interact with the SB&F community and post news and information related to science books, videos, authors, opportunities and other topics of interest to our readers. I hope you find the blog useful and entertaining. Please, join the conversation by posting a comment on our Facebook page. I'd love to hear from you!


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  • The Summer Olympics are about to get underway in London. If you are looking for educational activities to correspond with the games, here are some ideas. Get Set is the official London Olympics education site. It allows users to search from a wide list of Olympics-related resources, includes films and other media, and registered users can create their own personalized space where they can post pictures and blog about the games. The London 2012 International Education Program has developed new learning resources for in a variety of languages. The resources are available online in English (Advanced level and Basic level), French and Spanish. They provide London 2012 Games information, activity...      Read more...
    Published 26 Jul 2012 3:17 PM by Maria Sosa
  • Shimer College , my alma mater, is considered one of the Great Books colleges , of which there are only a few. At Shimer, there is a core curriculum that every student must follow. While this curriculum has been modified somewhat throughout the years, it remains substantially the same as when I attended some 40 years ago. The core curriculum includes a four course sequence in the natural sciences that examines natural science in the context of its historical development. There are labs, but the focus is more on the study of original sources, such as the writings of scientists and philosophers who made significant contributions to the history of science. Below are the reading lists from the four...      Read more...
    Published 18 Jul 2012 4:46 PM by Maria Sosa