Friday, December 17, 2010
Science Books for Christmas
Women and children first.
It’s not my fault that some of the best science books of 2010 were written by women. In fact, I’m just going to say it: All of the best science books of the year were written by women. Here are a few candidates.
Publishers Weekly: “A tale of medical wonders and medical arrogance, racism, poverty and the bond that grows, sometimes painfully, between two very different women—Skloot and Deborah Lacks—sharing an obsession to learn about Deborah's mother, Henrietta, and her magical, immortal cells.”
Publishers Weekly: “Roach (Stiff) once again proves herself the ideal guide to a parallel universe. Despite all the high-tech science that has resulted in space shuttles and moonwalks, the most crippling hurdles of cosmic travel are our most primordial human qualities: eating, going to the bathroom, having sex and bathing, and not dying in reentry.”
Product Description: “An inside look at the power of empathy: Born for Love is an unprecedented exploration of how and why the brain learns to bond with others—and a stirring call to protect our children from new threats to their capacity to love.”
--Deborah Blum, The Poisoners Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
Publishers Weekly: “Pulitzer Prize–winning science journalist Blum (Ghost Hunters) makes chemistry come alive in her enthralling account of two forensic pioneers in early 20th-century New York. Blum follows the often unglamorous but monumentally important careers of Dr. Charles Norris, Manhattan's first trained chief medical examiner, and Alexander Gettler, its first toxicologist.”
--Jennifer Ouellette, The Calculus Diaries: How math can help you lose weight, win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse
Nature: "In The Calculus Diaries, science writer Jennifer Ouellette makes maths palatable using a mix of humour, anecdote and enticing facts...Using everyday examples, such as petrol mileage and fairground rides, Ouellette makes even complex ideas such as calculus and probability appealing."
Bookmarks Magazine: “Part science lesson and part adrenaline rush, The Wave is an intense thrill ride that manages to take a broad look at oversized, potentially devastating waves. The critics praised Casey's eloquent writing and jaw-droppingly vivid descriptions of chasing--or trying desperately to steer clear of--these aquatic behemoths.”
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