Book Genre: Science

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Bryan Sykes
Coral
3

DNA USA is intended to be a genetic portrait of the American population but is instead a mere sketch.   This book purports to do for the US what his earlier book Saxon, Viking, and Celts did for British genealogists but falls sadly short.  While there is some very interesting...

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Carl Zimmer
Becker
4

I came across this book by chance when pulling up a complete list of Mary Roach's titles for someone (she writes the introduction, and if you like science and haven't read her books, check her out!). Science Ink takes something simple--scientists and their tattoos, and packages it to be...

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Sam Kean
Becker
4

What do you know about DNA? Want to know more? Be entertained while you learn and pick up this book! Kean covers everything from how DNA works and how scientists sequence it to the many controversies studying DNA has contributed to. Do cat hoarders have altered DNA that compels them to keep...

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Daniel Kahneman
Bobby
4

Kahneman, a Nobel Prize winning behavior economist, explains how our thinking is broken down into two systems, one fast and reactionary, and a second that takes time to take in the larger context, past experience, and potential consequences.  Time and time again through study data and in-...

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Emma Marris
Noel
5

Reading Emma Marris’s book has transformed the way I think about nature and our relationship to it. Marris argues for nothing less than a radical new interpretation of what “nature” means to us. She believes that a new interpretation of Nature is vital and necessary for the survival of our...

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Sandor Ellix Katz
Michelle
3

Perhaps the Bible of fermentation?  Covers the gamut from history to philosophy to science to the art of fermentation, this book demonstrates the variety of ways people around the world have preserved foods in creative and practical ways.  I can't wait to try my hand at sauerkraut and...

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Robert Michael Pyle
Laurie.
3

How do you tag a butterfly?  Pyle travels from Canada to Mexico with varying points in between following the migration of monarch butterflies.  I will never look at a butterfly the same way again!

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Katya McCall Walter
Laurie.
3

Separately, the I Ching and DNA are fascinating.  A book talking about the similarities, however, is fascinating x 100!  The author makes a compelling argument whether you believe in an ordered universe or not.

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Diane Ackerman
Emily
5

Smell, Touch, Taste, Vision, Hearing and Synesthesia. Diane Ackerman writes beautifully about these topics making difficult science accesible, full of anecdotes and research one is left wondering how Ackerman could be so fully curious! I love everything this woman writes, pick this up and become...

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Stefanie
4

This huge anthology can be read from beginning to end, but it is just as satisfying to pick and choose a poem, essay or speech as you wish or just flip through the sections of photographs. It includes pieces about individual encounters with the wild to political calls-to-arms to elegies for...

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Mark Schultz
Becker
4

Did you ever wish that you understood what people were talking about when they mentioned DNA, RNA, and genes? Do you hear things about gene therapy and cloning and wonder how they really work? Or maybe you've just gotten to a section on genetics in your science class in school and the teacher...