Meeting December 5 @ 10:15 am in Community Room
The benchmark is one of the following 4 titles:
- T. Rex and the Crater of Doom by Walter Alvarez is popular explanatory science at its best. Alvarez takes readers through the extinction of the dinosaurs and explains how it happened.
- The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier is a great example of science reporting. Angier walks readers through a complete review of biology, chemistry, physics, etc. with great wit and concise explanations.
- I Have Landed: The End of a Beginning in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould is a collection of essays covering such topics as early developments in the Human Genome Project and evolutionary theory. Before his death in 2002, Gould was the voice of popular science and fans still use his works a touchstone for readable science.
- Stiff: The Curious Lives Of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach follows the life of cadavers once they are donated to science. Roach traces a fascinating journey through dissection labs, car crash tests, and forensic centers.
- The disappearing spoon : and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements by Sam Kean. The periodic table of the elements is a crowning scientific achievement, but it’s also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, obsession, and betrayal. These tales follow carbon, neon, silicon, gold, and all the elements in the table as they play out their parts in human history.
Please comment on this post with your second title choice to avoid duplication.
Some resources for finding a second title:
Getting Up to Speed in Science
Scientific Discoveries – Novelist
The Best Science Books of 2012
Best Summer Books: SA‘s Picks and Yours
San Rafael Public Library Science Nonfiction
Seattle Public Library Science Picks
The shortlist for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books
Library of Congress: Curl Up With a Good Science Book! Science Book Award Winners and Other Good Reads: Selected Reading List