More science-related reading ideas

By Grant Jacobs 20/02/2014

I’m guessing most of those that follow this blog like reading. (Given time to read!)

Coming soon is the annual ScienceOnline (un)conference. They’ve just put out their list of books for this year’s meeting. I can imagine reading all of the 37 books, but I don’t have that sort of time…

It’s a great collection – check it out for reading ideas. Not all of them have been published yet; those that haven’t will soon.

A few picks from the collection:

  • I can hear you whisper covers the explorations of deafness and cochlear implants of the author, following her youngest son being born with a hearing loss.*
  • Some are fiction, like The Signature of All Things (an historical novel about a 19th century female botanist) and Wormholes (‘hard’ sci-fi). (Another fiction work, in the lablit genre, is Stephen Caplan’s Critical Mass.)
  • Rocket Girl looks at Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s first female rocket scientist (told by her son).
  • The role of feet in human evolutionary history is explored in Leonardo’s Foot.
  • Whether or not the earthquakes near my hometown Christchurch make a mention in The Dynamics of Disaster, they still are very much in mind here in New Zealand. I’m piqued by this remark in the on-line blurb, “we still behave as if natural disasters are outliers”. It feels like a variation of the thinking that ‘it happens to others’.

There’s plenty more – I’ll leave it to you to explore them.


* I sometimes wonder if I were born in the last ten years if I’d have had a cochlear implant or not and if growing up would, or would not, be different. I’m also curious as to how this relates to the meeting, assuming there is a connection.

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0 Responses to “More science-related reading ideas”

  • Thanks Grant for that wonderful haul of recommendations! Our science book group, based in Wellington, are always on the lookout for new books.