A science-hobbyist is anyone who plays science. Whether a researcher or hockey-mom, all it takes is curiosity to be one. Boston is full of events that cater to the hobbyist and Science Metropolis aims to be your one-stop source for science events that will interest you.
Part of the definition of science hobbyist is one who drops the television remote when they reach a science documentary. Whether on public television or in theaters, science enthusiasts enjoy the journey filmmakers take viewers on, be it to the inside of the cell or to the North Pole. Here’s a list of upcoming documentaries showing in your home theater and on the big screen. Showing next on PBS is “Supersize Crocs” on Sept. 14. (Click here for more information.)
It’s the perfect combination, fine cinema and fine science. The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline has been mixing the two since 2005 with their “Science on Screen” series. Each movie is matched with a professor who gives a relevant presentation about the science featured in the film. October’s pick: Alfred Hitchcock’s “Marnie.” Professor to be announced. (Click here for more information.)
The Harvard Book Store, located right off the Harvard Sqare Red Line stop on Massachusetts Avenue, is often able to grab some of the best science writers hailing from the great Cambridge universities. The space for speakers is cozy and usually draws a packed house, especially when someone like Neil Shubin, author of “Your Inner Fish,” discusses evolution and intelligent design. The last talk was “The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces” on Sept. 9. (Click here for more information.)
About once or twice a season, Brookline Booksmith, an independent bookstore located right off the Coolidge Corner Green Line stop, invites both bestselling and lesser-known science and medical writers to talk about their work. Whether Mary Roach, author of “Bonk,” or Richard Preston of “Hot Zone” fame, the bookstore never fails to deliver a lively author-reader discussion. The last talk was “Prescription For Survival” on Sept. 3. (Click here for more information.)
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