2009 Year of Science at UH Manoa Library

UH Manoa Library is celebrating the Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science’s “Year of Science 2009.” 2009 is an important year in the science community. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, whose work, Origin of Species, was published 150 years ago and became the foundation for all biological research that followed. It was 400 years ago this year, in 1609, that Galileo Galilei demonstrated the first telescope. Also in 1609 Johannes Kepler published his first two laws of planetary motion, which are still used today to describe the paths of the planets in our solar system.

To highlight science and recognize scientific innovation, past and present, Hamilton Library’s Science and Technology department has organized three exhibits in which celebrate the Year of Science and the scientists who describe our reality:

1) Books that inspired some of our University of Hawaii at Manoa scientists to pursue the challenging work of unveiling the secrets of the natural world.  [Developed by Sara Rutter]

2) A look at the life of Charles Darwin as he developed an understanding of the mechanism for the development of the astonishing diversity of organisms in nature.  His seminal book Origin of Species continues to inform the discoveries in biological sciences today. [Developed by Allie Jordan]

3) A celebration of the life and work of E. Alison Kay (1928-2008), a noted malacologist at UH Manoa and a scientist and teacher whose committed engagement to her scholarly and public communities stands as a model of the citizen scientist. [Developed by Eileen Herring]


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