The Curious Country

The Curious Country

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By definition scientists are an inquisitive lot. But what are the scientific curiosities and concerns on the minds of Australians? What worries them, baffles them, and sets their curiosity meter to 10 out of 10? To find out, the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) took the nationa€™s intellectual temperature, surveying 1186 Australians: men and women aged 18 to 65, from all education levels and locations around Australia. The results frame this book: a collection of essays covering the diverse areas of science Australians are curious about. Edited by eminent science writer Leigh Dayton and including a foreword from Australiaa€™s Chief Scientist, Ian Chubb. The collection covers a range of issues, including food and farming technology, environmental upheaval, health, fuel and energy technology and space exploration.While it may come as a surprise to some headline writers, bloggers and talkback radio hosts, the OCS survey results suggest there is no ... The essays collected here build upon that curiosity and the recognition that if the island nation is to stay afloat, it is vital that well- ... Think marine science, smart buildings, cancer, the complexity of the human brain, the philosophy of science itself and the intriguing andanbsp;...

Title:The Curious Country
Author: Leigh Dayton
Publisher:ANU E Press - 2014-01-03

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