The seventh book in the October Sky series introduces a wide range of scientific lectures on topics ranging from microorganisms to dinosaurs.
- Book Intro
(English) A Life Science Concert for Young Adults
* An engaging glimpse into the fascinating world of life science
The latest instalment in October Sky, a series of nonprofit science lectures for young adults.
This book is the seventh in a series of lecture anthologies from October Sky, an annual event established to share the joy of science with young adults. This year’s lectures are centered on life science, and the way our lives are impacted by research into a wide range of organisms, including the common fruit fly, the spider, the housecat, entities invisible to the naked eye like cells and microorganisms, and even long-extinct creatures like the dinosaurs.
These lectures explain how fruit fly research led to developments in the field of genetics, how studying spiders showed us how organisms developed to suit their habitats, and how researching animals allows us to better understand fellow humans. Studies on cells and microorganisms improve our health and further green technologies, and dinosaur fossils paint a vivid picture of the distant past and help us prepare for the challenges that lie in our future.
- About the Author
(English) Science teacher at Joongdong High School, adjunct professor at Seoul National University’s department of biology education.
Ahn chose to study the sciences when he was enraptured by the diversity and charm of everyday creatures, and majored in science education in the hopes of sharing his love for the field with others. He researched the expression of genes involved in fruit fly nervous system development and body segmentation, and received a doctorate with his study on biological continuity and diversity. Ahn reaches out to science aficionados through lectures and books, and is currently a science teacher at Joongdong High School in Seoul as well as an adjunct professor at Seoul National University’s department of biology education.