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Reading Science at Manly Library

Northern Beaches Council Library Service

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm (AEDT)

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Fascinated by science? You are invited to join the Reading Science group to read and discuss recent scientific developments or other areas of popular science. Meeting on the third Wednesday of the month, this group is run by Manly Library members and everyone will have the opportunity to share ideas.

 

Wednesday 20 September 2017

Weapsons of math destruction: how big data increases inequality and threatons democracy by Kathy O'Neil

"We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated.

But as Cathy O’Neil reveals, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination: If a poor student can’t get a loan because a lending model deems him too risky (by virtue of his zip code), he’s then cut off from the kind of education that could pull him out of poverty, and a vicious spiral ensues. Models are propping up the lucky and punishing the downtrodden, creating a “toxic cocktail for democracy.” Welcome to the dark side of Big Data."

 

Wednesday 18 October 2017

The brain: the story of you by David Eagleman

"Locked in the silence and darkness of your skull, your brain fashions the rich narratives of your reality and your identity. Join renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman for a journey into the questions at the mysterious heart of our existence. What is reality? Who are “you”? How do you make decisions? Why does your brain need other people? How is technology poised to change what it means to be human?  In the course of his investigations, Eagleman guides us through the world of extreme sports, criminal justice, facial expressions, genocide, brain surgery, gut feelings, robotics, and the search for immortality.  Strap in for a whistle-stop tour into the inner cosmos. In the infinitely dense tangle of billions of brain cells and their trillions of connections, something emerges that you might not have expected to see in there: you."

 

Wednesday 15 November2017

Death by black hole and other cosmic quandaries by Neil deGrasse Tyson

"Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. Here, Tyson compiles his favorite essays across a myriad of cosmic topics. The title essay introduces readers to the physics of black holes by explaining the gory details of what would happen to your body if you fell into one. "Holy Wars" examines the needless friction between science and religion in the context of historical conflicts. "The Search for Life in the Universe" explores astral life from the frontiers of astrobiology. And "Hollywood Nights" assails the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right.

Known for his ability to blend content, accessibility, and humor, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies some of the most complex concepts in astrophysics while simultaneously sharing his infectious excitement about our universe."

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Manly Library
Market Place
Manly, NSW 2095
Australia

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm (AEDT)


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Northern Beaches Council Library Service

Northern Beaches Council Library Service is a network of six branches across the Northern Beaches of Sydney. There’s always something happening at the library. Regular programs provide activities for all ages, from children’s storytime to book groups, author talks and craft sessions. Our special events get bigger every year and you’re invited! Don’t miss our Artists’ Book Award, chess and writing competitions, Zine Fairs and more.

 

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