Today is World Science Day, which is “an internationally celebrated day to highlight the importance of science in and for society and that science, peace and development are interlinked.” If you’re interested in science, the books listed below are for you.
HEADSTRONG: 52 WOMEN WHO CHANGED SCIENCE—AND THE WORLD BY RACHEL SWABY: “Collects 52 profiles of history's brightest female scientists and mathematicians.”
A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING BY BILL BRYSON: "Nature and science writer Bill Bryson examines some of mysteries of science, and attempts to understand not only what scientists know, but how they know it. Covers the creation of the universe, the size of the Earth, the origins of life, and other topics."
THE AGE OF WONDER: HOW THE ROMANTIC GENERATION DISCOVERED THE BEAUTY AND TERROR OF SCIENCE BY RICHARD HOLMES: "Discusses the influence of discoveries by astronomer William Herschel and his sister Caroline; chemist and poet Humphrey Davy, and explorer Joseph Banks on the Romantic Age as elements of religious faith and scientific truth combined to form a new cultural paradigm."
THE GREATEST SCIENCE STORIES NEVER TOLD: 100 TALES OF INVENTION AND DISCOVERY TO ASTONISH, BEWILDER, AND STUPEFY BY RICK BEYER: "Contains one hundred anecdotes about a variety of inventions, such as the push-button phone, the stethoscope, and the space suit."
ALPHA & OMEGA: THE SEARCH FOR THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE UNIVERSE BY CHARLES SEIFE: "Explores the latest cosmological discoveries and discusses how they have influenced what scientists believe about the beginning and end of the universe."
THE HIDDEN REALITY: PARALLEL UNIVERSES AND THE DEEP LAWS OF THE COSMOS BY BRIAN GREENE: "The author draws from the fields of quantum mechanics, cosmology, and string theory to explore the possibility that the universe in which Earth resides is just one of many universes that populate outer space."