Issue 54

Pantaneto Introductory Physics SeriesSeven titles in this series have just become available and can be ordered direct from the publishers here.


Mindboggling: Preliminaries to a science of the mind   by Roy Harris.  Do you have a mind?  Answers to this question have divided Western thinkers for centuries, and still do.  Mindboggling sets out to identify a nucleus of basic issues about the mind, and present the main arguments for and against in each case.  Targeted to a lay readership, each chapter discusses a different theory, myth or idea about the mind.  Anticipate wails from theorists whose theories have been given short shrift.  Mindboggling is available from Amazon (including Kindle), from Bookshops or direct from Publishers.


Science on Television by Bienvenido León.

The book is a clear and systematic guide to the narrative and rhetorical techniques used by science documentary filmmakers. The book is priced at £18.50, but for direct orders we are offering a 20% discount.  The book is also available on Amazon Kindle.


Motivating Science is a collection of articles from the first five years of The Pantaneto Forum.  We are offering a 20% discount for direct orders.  The book is also available on Amazon Kindle.




Three of the articles in this quarter’s Pantaneto Forum cover different aspects of climate change, or ‘global climatic disuption’: a term employed by Bill St. Arnaud et al in their article “Climate Change and Higher Education”. They analyse carbon costs involved for university campuses throughout the USA and conclude that climate change will start to be a factor and that they will have to reduce their carbon footprint.


In John A. Vucetich and Michael P. Nelson’s article on Sustainability, they examine different key areas of the subject incorporating ethical issues.


Continuing the ethical side of climate change Stephen M. Gardiner, in “Ethics and Global Climate Change”, provides an overview of major work in this field, which is relevant to philosophical discussion.


In science, creativity is vital, but there is sometimes a false perception among students that science is not a creative endeavour. In Adele L. Schmidt’s article “Creativity in Science”, she investigates factors which deter students from studying science and suggests ways to combat these false ideas.


The proceedings of the Science Matters conference, which we reported in Issue 28, October 2007, have been published and are available from the publishers – World Scientific.


Nigel Sanitt Editor

ISSN 1741-1572



Climate Change and Higher Education, Bill St. Arnaud, Larry Smarr, Jerry Sheehan and Thomas A. DeFanti


Sustainability: Virtuous or Vulgar?, John A. Vucetich and Michael P. Nelson


Ethics and Global Climate Change, Stephen M. Gardiner


Creativity in Science: Tensions between Perception and Practice, Adele L. Schmidt