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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 of first semester, and then use the second book during the "Grand Challenge" period and throughout the second semester.

Ignorance: How It Drives Science

Stuart Firestein

Oxford University Press


This book will be used by the entire class (140 students) in Semester 1

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) in Semester 2

Textbooks used in various FOS sections:

Each of our six-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 

Vinod Saranathan -  "Extinctions and Speciation"vinodkumar.saranathan@yale-nus.edu.sg

Required Texts:

  • “Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History” by Stephen Jay Gould (1989, Norton & co.)

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

Neil Clark - "Genome sequence information and editing: promise and perils" - neil.clarke@yale-nus.edu.sg

Required Texts: Readings from Research literatures

Revolution Disciplinary Case Studies Textbooks

Foundations of Science: Revolutions 2:30PM 

Alessandro Gomez (Yale University) - "Fossil Fuel Energy and the Environment" - alessandro.gomez@yale.edu

Required Texts:

  • Wolfson, R., “Energy, Environment and Climate,” Norton and Company, 2nd edition, 2011
  • J. B. Fenn, Engines, Energy and Entropy (Freeman, but unavailable), a witty textbook by John B. Fenn, winner of the 2002 Chemistry Nobel Prize. Copies will be made available at cost (approximately 30$)

Bryan Penprase - "Global Warming, Energy, and Earth's Planetary Environment"bryan.penprase@yale-nus.edu.sg 

Required Texts:

  • Archer, D., “Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast,” 2nd edition, Wiley, 2012
  • Mueller, R., "Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines," W.W. Norton

Maurice Cheung - "Networks" - maurice.cheung@yale-nus.edu.sg

Required Texts:

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