It Keeps Me Seeking: The Invitation from Science, Philosophy & Religion

Andrew Briggs, University of Oxford; Hans Halvorson, Princeton University; Andrew Steane, University of Oxford
It Keeps Me Seeking is a fresh look at how science contributes to the bigger picture of human flourishing, through a collage of science and philosophy, richly illustrated by the authors’ own experiences and personal reflections. They survey the territory of fundamental physics, machine learning, philosophy of human identity, evolutionary biology, miracles, arguments from design, naturalism, the history of ideas, and more.

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Curiosity Science Quest series

Start your curious quest today!

Meet Harriet, Darwin’s pet tortoise, and Milton, Schrodinger’s indecisive cat, on a time-travelling quest of discovery.  First Stop, the cave paintings drawn by our human ancestors.  Did these pictures mean anything and what can they tell us about our ancestors?

The Curious Science Quest looks at the evidence to answer the BIG questions that scientists have asked throughout history. But does science explain everything or can faith help to find the answers? Join a fun, fact-filled time-quest and remember to brings some snacks!

Curious Science Quest is a series of six books co-authored by Julia Golding, Andrew Briggs and Roger Wagner to engage a younger audience with the questions of science, curiosity and ultimate reality.

“the brilliant and entertaining illustrations in this series enliven the clear and enjoyable text that should stimulate serious thought about the world and our place in it.”  – Lord Martin Rees

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Review from Parents in Touch

VICTORIAN VOYAGES: WHERE DID WE COME FROM? (THE CURIOUS SCIENCE QUEST)​ BY JULIA GOLDING

This excellent series is an engaging blend of fact and fiction, which blends the two seamlessly to give really good reads. Darwin’s pet tortoise, Harriet, and Schrodinger’s cat, Milton, are on a quest to discover the links between science and religion. This time, they travel back to Victorian times, to the time when scientists, including, of course, Darwin, were searching for facts about the origin of life. Many famous scientists feature and the scientific facts are clearly explained. Activities draw children into the story and encourage them to think things through for themselves. Well written, an exciting adventure which explains science and shows children how enquiring minds can influence the way the world thinks.

MODERN FLIGHTS: WHERE NEXT? (THE CURIOUS SCIENCE QUEST) BY JULIA GOLDING

This book brings the time travelling duo’s adventures up to date, as they look at radioactivity, evolution, space and other modern discoveries. Good use is made of lively line drawings, to explain facts further as well as to make the book visually appealing; these are a real feature of the book, really enhancing understanding. There are some nice touches of humour in both text and illustrations. Children are drawn into the subject through questions and engaging activities, such as extracting DNA from strawberries. An excellent series to stimulate children’s scientific thinking and to encourage them to reason. Such a shame these are the last two books in the series.

The Penultimate Curiosity: How science swims in the slipstream of ultimate questions

When young children first begin to ask ‘why?’ they embark on a journey with no final destination. The need to make sense of the world as a whole is an ultimate curiosity that lies at the root of all human religions. It has, in many cultures, shaped and motivated a more down to earth scientific interest in the physical world, which could therefore be described as penultimate curiosity.

These two manifestations of curiosity have a history of connection that goes back deep into the human past. Tracing that history all the way from cave painting to quantum physics, this book (a collaboration between a painter and a physical scientist that uses illustrations throughout the narrative) sets out to explain the nature of the long entanglement between religion and science: the ultimate and the penultimate curiosity.

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Acoustic Microscopy

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Acoustic microscopy enables you to image and measure the elastic properties of materials with the resolution of a good microscope. By using frequencies in the microwave range, it is possible to make the acoustic wavelength comparable with the wavelength of light, and hence to achieve a resolution comparable with an optical microscope. The contrast gives information about the elastic properties and structure of the sample. Since acoustic waves can propagate in materials, acoustic microscopy can be used for interior imaging, with high sensitivity to defects such as delaminations. Solids can support both longitudinal and transverse acoustic waves. At surfaces a combination of the two known as Rayleigh waves can propagate, and in many circumstances these dominate the contrast in acoustic microscopy. Contrast theory accounts for the variation of signal with defocus, V(z). Acoustic microscopy can image and measure properties such as anisotropy and features such as surface boundaries and cracks. A scanning probe microscope can be used to detect ultrasonic vibration of a surface with resolution in the nanometre range, thus beating the diffraction limit by operating in the extreme near‐field. This 2nd edition of Acoustic Microscopy has a major new chapter on the technique and applications of acoustically exited probe microscopy.

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