From Darwinian theory to the human body’s capacity for electricity, these popular science reading selections remind students how fascinating the world is, around and beyond us.
We Are Electric: Inside the 200-Year Hunt for Our Body’s Bioelectric Code, and What the Future Holds by Sally Adee
Published by Hachette Books
Scientists and medical professionals have only recently begun to explore and understand the human body’s capacity for electricity. Journalist Adee gives readers a front row seat to the scientific discovery process in this relatively new field.
What the Ear Hears (and Doesn’t): Inside the Extraordinary Everyday World of Frequency by Richard Mainwaring
Published by Sourcebooks
Musician and composer Mainwaring takes a deep dive into the world of vibration, waves, and frequency, showing there is music all around us.
How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures by Sabrina Imbler
Published by Little Brown and Company
Science writer Imbler mixes marine biology with memoir in this debut essay collection. Looking at ten distinct sea creatures, they illuminate the similarities between ocean life and their own.
Sweet in Tooth and Claw: Stories of Generosity and Cooperation in the Natural World by Kristin Ohlson
Published by Patagonia
Ohlson’s latest work pushes back against the Darwinian theory that nature is inherently competitive. Her observations of the natural world show that plant and animal relationship are much more complex, and generosity and cooperation are essential to survival for many species.
Wonderdog: The Science of Dogs and Their Unique Friendship with Humans by Jules Howard
Published by Pegasus Books
“Man’s best friend” for 30,000 years, zoologist Howard delves into the science and history of dogs and how humans have shaped and been shaped by them.
The Rise and Reign of the Mammals: A New History, from the Shadow of the Dinosaurs to Us by Steve Brusatte
Published by Mariner Books
Breaking through at the end of the dinosaur age, mammals have dominated planet earth for more than 65 million years. Acclaimed paleontologist Brusatte follows up his bestselling The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs with this look at the ancient animals that eventually led to homo sapiens.
The Red Planet: A Natural History of Mars by Simon Morden
Published by Pegasus Books
Geologist and sci-fi author Morden has been obsessed with Mars since childhood. In this highly-accessible account, readers are taken through the 4.5 billion year history of our nearest planetary neighbor.
A Brief History of Timekeeping: The Science of Marking Time, from Stonehenge to Atomic Clocks by Chad Orzel
Published by Benbella Books
From the changing seasons to counting milliseconds, humans have been compelled to mark the passage of time. Orzel’s latest book looks at the history and science of measuring and understanding time.
The Matter of Everything: How Curiosity, Physics, and Improbable Experiments Changed the World by Suzie Sheehy
Published by Knopf
Physicist Sheehy looks at a dozen 20th century physics experiments that have shaped our modern world. Inventions like X-rays, TVs, and smartphones all exist today thanks to these curious scientists.
What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
Published by Riverhead Books
Following up on the success of the first volume, former NASA roboticist Munroe continues to answer the world’s unlikeliest questions to the best of his scientific, mathematical, and cartooning ability.
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