Instead of relying on in-you-face surprises or gore, World War Z explores the larger geopolitical picture and the sophisticated complexities of fighting undead hoards. The movie adaptation (and adaptation is a generous term) focuses on putting your adrenal glands into...
Book Genre: Science
This book was a first for me. A picture book about a mathematician? Yes! Paul Erdös was a mathematical prodigy born in Hungry and spent his life playing with math. The author's use of rebus, numbers and images to represent words, and interesting mathematical illustrations is delightfully...
I don't know much about cosmology or black holes, and what I do know, I learned from Hawking's books. He has the ability to make complex ideas more accessible to the non-scientist. In 127 pages, he summarizes his life with just-the-facts narrative; a beginning and a middle with an eye toward the...
Napoleon Bonaparte's loss was the world's gain when a group of trained scientists followed him into Egypt. Through the scientists efforts, and sometimes life-ending dedication, they began cataloging the contributions of a little understood culture resulting in a 26 volume encyclopedia. Great...
This is a very funny and really interesting look at what it was like to be a NASA space shuttle astronaut. Told by a man who admittedly suffers from "arrested development" and who happens to be in the first group to include females (Sally Ride was in this group), Mike Mullane recounts his...
This is a great book for kids who are learning about how to keep their bodies healthy. It focuses on the drinks we can have and what each one can do for our bodies. Not only does it discuss the health benefits of each, but it goes into some simple detail about where the beverage...
This is a longer rhyming book full of information about dinosaurs--the many different types and what makes them unique.
The colors and images are beautiful with many shapes to discuss.
DNA USA is intended to be a genetic portrait of the American population but is instead a mere sketch. This book purports to do for the US what his earlier book Saxon, Viking, and Celts did for British genealogists but falls sadly short. While there is some very interesting...
I came across this book by chance when pulling up a complete list of Mary Roach's titles for someone (she writes the introduction, and if you like science and haven't read her books, check her out!). Science Ink takes something simple--scientists and their tattoos, and packages it to be...
What do you know about DNA? Want to know more? Be entertained while you learn and pick up this book! Kean covers everything from how DNA works and how scientists sequence it to the many controversies studying DNA has contributed to. Do cat hoarders have altered DNA that compels them to keep...
Kahneman, a Nobel Prize winning behavior economist, explains how our thinking is broken down into two systems, one fast and reactionary, and a second that takes time to take in the larger context, past experience, and potential consequences. Time and time again through study data and in-...
Reading Emma Marris’s book has transformed the way I think about nature and our relationship to it. Marris argues for nothing less than a radical new interpretation of what “nature” means to us. She believes that a new interpretation of Nature is vital and necessary for the survival of our...
Perhaps the Bible of fermentation? Covers the gamut from history to philosophy to science to the art of fermentation, this book demonstrates the variety of ways people around the world have preserved foods in creative and practical ways. I can't wait to try my hand at sauerkraut and...
How do you tag a butterfly? Pyle travels from Canada to Mexico with varying points in between following the migration of monarch butterflies. I will never look at a butterfly the same way again!
Separately, the I Ching and DNA are fascinating. A book talking about the similarities, however, is fascinating x 100! The author makes a compelling argument whether you believe in an ordered universe or not.
Smell, Touch, Taste, Vision, Hearing and Synesthesia. Diane Ackerman writes beautifully about these topics making difficult science accesible, full of anecdotes and research one is left wondering how Ackerman could be so fully curious! I love everything this woman writes, pick this up and become...
This huge anthology can be read from beginning to end, but it is just as satisfying to pick and choose a poem, essay or speech as you wish or just flip through the sections of photographs. It includes pieces about individual encounters with the wild to political calls-to-arms to elegies for...
Did you ever wish that you understood what people were talking about when they mentioned DNA, RNA, and genes? Do you hear things about gene therapy and cloning and wonder how they really work? Or maybe you've just gotten to a section on genetics in your science class in school and the teacher...
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