What happens when you bring the lab into the library? At the intersection of books and brains, the next installment of The Great American Read: Beyond the Booksunpacks the relationship between science and storytelling. Science-fiction books are full of a multitude of real and imagined scientific principles, applied in novel and exciting ways—but how much of what we read is really possible?
MIT’s Thomas Levenson, Boston University’s Joelle Renstrom, author and Radcliffe Fellow Kaitlyn Greenidge, and Meredith Goldstein of The Boston Globe sit down with WGBH Science Editor Heather Goldstone to explore how science fiction can shape readers’ perceptions of the people behind the beakers. Join WGBH at the Boston Public Library on Wednesday, August 1 at 1 pm for a discussion of how real-life scientists compare to those on the page. The panel will be streamed liveon Facebook by WGBH.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.