Toss Gascoigne: How much science does an ordinary citizen need to function in modern society?

Date & time

5–6.30pm 10 March 2016

Event series

Tonight science communicator Toss Gascoigne will facilitate a special guest seminar:

How important is it for ordinary citizens to know whether the sun goes round the Earth, or vice versa? To understand the difference between a bacterium and a virus? To be able to explain how aeroplanes fly, or the causes of climate change? Or to know the Second Law of Thermodynamics (as CP Snow suggested)?

Do they need to know facts, understand processes, or be good at using Google? In selecting numbers in a lottery, is it important for people to know that the chance of five consecutive numbers being drawn from the barrel is exactly the same as five random numbers? Is an appreciation of the scientific method enough?

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