Thursday, June 13, 2013

Some science books for your summer

Photo by Leo Reynolds available through a Creative Commons license

If you're a fan of reading science books, these titles may be just the thing for you. They're books in our collection that are nominated for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, which go to science books written for the general public (rather than specialists). The winner will be chosen in November.

The Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body
By Frances Ashcroft
612.01427 ASHCROFT
"Beautifully clear, engaging and accessible. A live wire account of the body electric.
Bird Sense
By Tim Birkhead
"A wonderful glimpse into an alien world. Imagine how birds hear, taste and feel."
The Particle at the End of the Universe
By Sean Carroll
539.721 CARROLL
"Fizzing with enthusiasm. Makes you realize what the fuss with the Higgs Boson is all about."
Cells to Civilizations: The Principles of Change that Shape Life
By Enrico Coen
576.8 COEN
"Daring and ambitious. Succeeds in making transparent the mechanisms of evolution and development."
Pieces of Light: The New Science of Memory
By Charles Fernyhough
Available soon
"Illuminating. This book is not only about how memory works but what memory means to us."
The Story of Earth
By Robert Hazen
"Brilliantly explains the origin of earth and life. Skilfully compressed into a punchy text."
Air: The Restless Shaper of the World
By William Bryant Logan
551.5 LOGAN
"Lyrical — the poetry of this book is beautiful. Delights in dust and scent and all that fills the air around us."
Ocean of Life
By Callum Roberts
551.46 ROBERTS
"A celebration and a wake-up call. The changing state of our oceans has never been made clearer."

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