Jim Al-Khalili at Harvard Science Center
The Joy of Science
October 19, 2023
6:00 PM ET
(Doors at 5:30 PM)
Harvard Science Center
Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
Harvard Book Store, the Harvard University Division of Science, and the Harvard Library welcome JIM AL-KHALILI—Distinguished Chair in Physics at the University of Surrey—for a discussion of his new book The Joy of Science.
There are two ticket options available for this event. Al-Khalili will sign copies of his book after the presentation.
Free General Admission Ticket: Includes admission for one.
Book-Included Ticket: Includes admission for one and one hardcover copy of The Joy of Science.
About The Joy of Science
Today’s world is unpredictable and full of contradictions, and navigating its complexities while trying to make the best decisions is far from easy. The Joy of Science presents eight short lessons on how to unlock the clarity, empowerment, and joy of thinking and living a little more scientifically.
In this brief guide to leading a more rational life, acclaimed physicist Jim Al-Khalili invites readers to engage with the world as scientists have been trained to do. The scientific method has served humankind well in its quest to see things as they really are, and underpinning the scientific method are core principles that can help us all navigate modern life more confidently. Discussing the nature of truth and uncertainty, the role of doubt, the pros and cons of simplification, the value of guarding against bias, the importance of evidence-based thinking, and more, Al-Khalili shows how the powerful ideas at the heart of the scientific method are deeply relevant to the complicated times we live in and the difficult choices we make.
Read this book and discover the joy of science. It will empower you to think more objectively, see through the fog of your own preexisting beliefs, and lead a more fulfilling life.
Praise for The Joy of Science
“Jim Al-Khalili has distilled the very essence of science. This book is packed full of joy, inspiration, and real wisdom.” ―Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement in Science, University of Birmingham
“This pithy and insightful book provides readers with a collection of fun and timely ideas in an accessible way.” ―Sean Carroll, author of Something Deeply Hidden
“Jim Al-Khalili eloquently reminds us of all the reasons to celebrate science. A lovely little book that will serve you well as a trusted guide in this troubled post-truth era.” ―Sabine Hossenfelder, physicist and author of Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray
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