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Required Texts

These two books will be used in our Foundations of Science course by all the students. We will discuss the first of the book (Ignorance) in the first week, and then use the second book during the "Grand Challenge" period in the last three weeks of the semester.

Ignorance: How It Drives Science

Stuart Firestein

Oxford University Press


This book will be used by the entire class (140 students).

Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made

Gaia Vince

Milkweed Editions


This book will also be used by the entire class (140 students)

Textbooks used in various FOS sections:

Each of our five-week "case studies" will provide a variety of readings from scientific literature; some are using required and recommended texts. Below is a listing of the textbooks used by the various sections. For those sections without recommended texts, there will be other readings distributed in class.

Evolution Disciplinary Case Studies Textbooks

Foundations of Science: Evolution 4:30PM 

 Antonia Monteiro -  "Novel Traits" - antonia.monteiro@nus.edu.sg

Required Texts:

  • From DNA to Diversity, by S. Carroll, wiley-blackwell, 978-1405119504

Jen Sheridan - "Biogeography" - jasheridan@gmail.com

Required Texts:

  • Biogeography: An ecological and evolutionary approach, by C.Barry Cox, Wiley 978-0470637944

Stanislav Presolski - "Chemistry of Life" - stanislav.presolski@gmail.com

Recommended Texts:

  • Chemical bonding (Oxford Chemistry Primers),  Oxford university Press, 978-0198556947
  • Foundations of Chemical Biology by C.M. Dobson, Oxford University Press, 978-0199248995
  • Polymers, by Walton, Oxford University Press, 978-0198503897

Bryan Penprase - "Finding and Maintaining a Habitable Planet" - bryan.penprase@yale-nus.edu.sg

Required Texts:

  • How to Find a Habitable Planet, by James Kasting, Princeton University Press 978-0-691-15627-9

Revolution Disciplinary Case Studies Textbooks

Foundations of Science: Revolutions 2:30PM 

 Andrew Bettiol - "Modern Physics and the Silicon Revolution " a.bettiol@nus.edu.sg

Recommended Texts:

  • Thirty Years that Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory, by George Gamow, Dover  978-0486248950
  • Modern Physics, Serway, Moses and Moyer, Third Edition - Thomson Learning 2005, Serway, Moses and Moyer, Thompson Learning, 978-0534493394

Simon Perrault - "Interaction with Mobile and Wearable Computers"perrault.simon@gmail.com

Lerwen Liu - "Nanotechnology and Sustainability" lerwen@nano-globe.biz

Brian McAdoo - "Earthquakes" -  brian.mcadoo@yale-nus.edu.sg


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