Just got back from the main branch of the Huntsville-Madison County public library, one of the best libraries in the world. That’s not hyperbole — I guarantee. I was only going in for Alan Lightman’s collection of 20th C. discoveries and the Oxford Book of Modern Science edited by Richard Dawkins — but I came out with a pile.
I already have an overdue pile of books. So here’s the list:
Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (2008)
The Republican War on Science (2005) by Chris Mooney
Unscientific American: How Scientific Literacy Threatens Our Future (2009) by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirschenbaum
Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle over Global Warming (2007) by Chris Mooney
Now for the books I checked out today:
Isaac Asimov, Asimov’s Chronology of Science and Discovery (How science has shaped the world and how the world has affected science from 4,000,000 B.C. to the present) (1989)
Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles and Momentous Discoveries (1993) by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance (2010) by Jim Al-Khalili
The New York Times Book of Science Literacy: What Everyone Needs to Know from Newton to the Knuckleball (1991) edited by Richard Flaste
Alan Lightman’s The Discoveries: Great Breakthroughs in 20th Century Science, Including the Original Papers (2005)
The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing (2008) edited by Richard Dawkins
Jeremy Bernstein’s Cranks, Quarks, and the Cosmos: Writings on Science (1993)
The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense (2001) by Michael Shermer
Great Feuds in Science: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever (1998) by Hal Hellman
Instability Rules: The Ten Most Amazing Ideas of Modern Science (2002) by Charles Flowers
Now, I just need Hermione Granger’s magical watch so I can turn back enough time to read everything I want to read.
I was tickled by all the “Ten Most” lists I found. Lots of those — as the last items on my reading stack indicate.