19. August 2020 - 18:30 till 20:00
Manly Library, Manly
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Reading Science at Manly Library | Wednesday, 19. August 2020

Due to the risk of Coronavirus (Covid – 19) and acting on the advice of lead NSW and Federal health authorities, Council has taken the precautionary decision to postpone all library programs until further notice.Our top priority is the health and safety of our staff and community. These are difficult circumstances and we appreciate your patience and understanding.

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.





18 Mar 20


Roma Agrawal

This meeting has been postponed.

The Hidden stories Behind our structures. Surprising stories behind our built environment by the star structural engineer and campaigner for women in engineering - how construction has evolved from the mud huts of our ancestors to skyscrapers of steel that reach into the sky.


15 Apr 20

Defeating the Ministers of Death:

David Isaacs

This meeting has been postponed.

The Compelling history of vaccination. Professor David Isaacs, an eminent Australian Authority on paediatric infectious disease, tells us the story of vaccination, rich with trial, error, sabotage and success. It’s the tragedy of lives lost, the drama of competition and discovery, the culpability of blotched testing, and the triumph of effective, lifelong immunity.

20 May 20


Jim Al-Khalili

This meeting has been postponed.

The Golden Age of Arabic Science. For over 700 years the international language of sciences was Arabic. In Pathfinders, Jim Al-Khalili celebrates the forgotten, inspiring pioneers who helped shape our understanding of the world during the golden age of Arabic science.

[Published in UK. Hardcopies ordered through bookshops or on-line may have 4 weeks delivery time; available on Kindle]

17 June 20

Woos Wonderful World of Maths:

Eddie Woo

This meeting has been postponed.

Why is a rainbow curved? Why aren't left-handers extinct? How is a sunflower like a synchronised swimmer? Why is 'e' a magic number?

The answer to these questions is contained within one simple word: MATHS. Because maths is all about patterns, and our universe is extraordinarily patterned. How has this young Australian teacher made maths so enticing for so many people today?

15 July 20

Human Errors: Nathan Lent

This meeting has been postponed.

A Panorama of Our Glitches, From Pointless Bones to Broken Genes. As biologist Nathan H. Lents explains, our evolutionary history is a litany of mistakes, each more entertaining and enlightening than the last. By exploring human shortcomings, we can peer into our past, because each of our flaws tells a story about our species’ evolutionary history

19 Aug 20

The Best Australian Writing 2019: UNSW

This meeting has been postponed.

This popular yearly anthology gives a snapshot of the very best science writing Australia has to offer, including everything from the most esoteric philosophical questions about ourselves and the universe, through to practical questions about the environment in which we live.