Tembusu Reading Pod AY 2021/22 Sem 2

January 24, 2022

Care to read and discuss a book outside your curriculum this semester? You can register via Eventbrite (click on the link) by 3rd February 2022, Thursday.

All participants will receive a confirmation email after 3rd February. The reading pod facilitator will contact you via email to provide more details (e.g. starting date). Safety measures must be observed (e.g. no gathering of more than 5 persons at each time, mask on at all times); refer to the SLWG Infographics, NUS and OSA circulars for safe measurement guidelines. 

Participants are responsible to purchase their own book; eBook is accepted. First 5 sign-ups are eligible for the subsidy - you need only pay maximum S$10 for the book of your choice. These participants can submit an RFP for reimbursement of their purchase (e.g. book purchased at $15, college will reimburse $5). Subsequent sign-ups are welcome.


  1. Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions by Brian Christian and Thomas L. Griffiths (Student Facilitator: Nicholas Toh)
    This non-technical, interdisciplinary work explores how insights from computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives, helping to make better decisions in common problems.

  2. Being You: A New Science of Consciousness by Anil Seth (Facilitator: Dr Hah Sixian)
    Each pod session will take around 1 hour. As places are limited, it is preferable if students are able to attend at least 3 out of 4 session, if not all sessions.

    Week 6: First pod session (online)
    Recess week: Second pod session (at reading room)
    Week 10: Third pod session (at reading room)
    Reading week: Final pod session (at reading room)

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The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.