Okay, if any of you ever get the opportunity to see Carl Zimmer speak, GO!
Last night in Tulsa, Carl gave the John Wesley Powell Memorial Lecture on the topic of ‘What is Life?’
I was geared up and ready for a fight, honestly. Virologists have been getting into fights with people about ‘what is life?’ for ages. And we are used to getting riled up about childish, scientifically outdated ‘arguments’. I didnt know whether Carl was savvy or not… But he was. Yay!
As an audience member, I found his presentation fun and educational (I even learned new stuff). He told a story with science, and it was an interesting story As a scientist, I was relieved that while Carls science was appropriate for laymen, it was still accurate. It was basically how I present science– you leave out a LOT of details, but if people ask a question in the Q&A that required a missing detail to answer, you can slip it in. More information without it being overwhelming for the audience.
Oh, also, bonus points for mentioning Hershey and Chase.