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Favorite Science Books

Favorite Science Books

I have no head for numbers but I love the sciences. From the human brain to the natural world I am always interested in learning more. Some of my favorite courses in school that I've ever taken were my ninth grade intro to the sciences and a human biology course late in my college years. In human biology, I learned about communicable diseases and got the opportunity to dissect a pig heart. My professor in the ninth grade invested her own money in an indoor planetarium and we spent a semester inside learning about the constellations. Of course she went and ruined it with math but I never lost that desire for knowledge. I've been scratching that itch with science books of all kinds for a few years now.

The first book to satisfy that science itch was The Stuff of Thought by Steven Pinker. While I had read biographies of important thinkers or histories of great scientific strides, until I was a junior in college I still never read a book on a specific topic. I picked it up in my tiny college bookstore. I saw it from across the room when the cover caught my eye. The text blew my mind. Never had I read something so informative yet still so compelling and funny! I've read it a couple times since then and each time I rediscover some fact that forces me to contemplate the intricacies of life and the universe which makes me grateful to be human. And that book sent me on to read lots more in my quest for more knowledge.

I love the mix of science and philosophy. 

I love the mix of science and philosophy. 

One of the best of the science book that I've read over the years is a book from Trevor Cox called The Sound Book. Cox is a sound engineer and has worked to make symphony spaces all over the globe into perfect aural cathedrals. In this science-slash-philosophy book, Cox encourages us to stop and listen to the world around you as much as you would smell the flowers. He visits and investigates both man-made and natural sonic wonders all over the world. A couple I have been to myself, maybe you have too!

An unexpected joy!

An unexpected joy!

One last one that I really enjoyed is The Fly Trap. Author Fredrik Sjöberg is a working entomologist but also a literary critic. This interesting combination leads to a wonderful book on the simple hover fly that is great read for everyone. He will give you a desire to collect bugs I promise. Ok, maybe not that far but you will love your own personal collection of any kind just a bit more after finishing this book. He lovingly describes the mania we feel as we slowly curate it item by item that is so earnest. I don't know what drew me to this particular science book but I am very glad that I picked it up. 

What are some of your favorite titles on any of the sciences?

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