Science and Literature

At ASCUS we are active in supporting and exploring relations between science and literature, be it the spoken or written word, poetry or novels. We’ve partnered with the National Library of Scotland and the Artiscience Library to establish the Science Book Group. The inaugural meeting was on Wednesday 6th May 2015, with regularly meetings since to discuss books that intersect with science. ASCUS is also participating in Book Week Scotland 2015 with our Book Swap Library at Summerhall.


Coming soon…

Previous Science Book Group Meetings:

Inaugural Meeting:
Wednesday 6 May, 5.30-7 pm at National Library of Scotland
Parasite Rex, by Carl Zimmer
(led by Mhairi Stewart):
Wednesday 3 Jun, 5.30-7 pm at National Library of Scotland
Electronic brains, by Mike Hally (led by Mike Hally): 
Tuesday 1 Sept, 5.30-7 pm at National Library of Scotland
Neanderthal Man : in search of lost genomes by Svante Pääbo (led by Joyce Holt):
Wednesday 14 Oct, 5.30-7 pm at National Library of Scotland
Bad Astronomy by Philip Plait
(led by Pippa Goldschmidt):
Tuesday 15 Dec, 5.30-7 pm at National Library of Scotland
Book Swap Library: Monday 23 – Sunday 29 November, 11 am – 6 pm

Book Week Scotland 2015 saw ASCUS Art & Science and the Artiscience Library launch the ASCUS Book Swap Library. This saw the ASCUS Cabinets turning into a pop-up swapping library of books on the arts and sciences at Summerhall over the course of the week.

This initiative is supported by

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