A lot of Engaging Scientific Nonfiction

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It makes for an engrossing, witty and at times disturbing read. Combining science fact with dreamlike imagery, Locke and Blandy’s eye-popping graphic novel celebrates the ingenuity of the human mind. We travel across centuries from Gutenberg’s printing press to Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web, via Picasso, Einstein, Rosalind Franklin and more. Discover the work of 50 trailblazing women in science in Ignotofsky’s gorgeously illustrated book. Familiar names like Marie Curie and Ada Lovelace sit alongside lesser-known pioneers such as Maria Sibylla Merian, one of the first and more important entomologists. With his crisp comic art, Cunningham tells the stories of seven scientists who history has rather overlooked.

But I think what makes this book especially important for a scientific audience is its incisive indictment of the subtle and sometimes not so subtle hypocrisies that pervade institutions that like to think of themselves as progressive. He’s fetishized by his program for being the only Black student. And other members of his cohort are questioning the basis for his admission. So she writes, for example, about the invention of the phonograph and how it changed how we enjoy music. So the first way that it did that was that it changed music from this communal experience to one where we are able to experience it alone. Listen to Jane Hirschfield recite poems from the book and how poetry can wield science in unaccountable times on Science Friday.

With striking collage illustrations, a unique format, and engaging storytelling, Parrots over Puerto Rico invites readers to witness the amazing recovery efforts that have enabled Puerto Rican parrots to fly over their island once again. The book beautifully introduces children to the work of conservation scientists from the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program. Ken Pak’s expressive illustrations, paired with Rita Gray’s melodious text, create what is sure to be an enduring picture book to be read and enjoyed by young naturalists again and again.

As math becomes increasingly important in our daily lives, eminent mathematicians and statisticians have stepped up to the plate, writing books that are engaging for non-experts—and sometimes even funny. Kit Yates, a mathematical biologist and author of The Math of Life and Death, recommends the best math books of 2019. Every year we discuss the best science books of that year; Anne Osbourn chose the best science books of 2020.

If you’re fridge is packed full of magnets, then you’re in good shape. After you read this book grab some magnets off the fridge and ask your kids what in the house they can stick them to. From complex techniques only used by academic statisticians, data science has risen to extreme popularity in only a few years. Roger D. Peng, Professor of Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University and founder of one of the largest data science online courses, helps us understand this discipline and recommends the five best books to delve into it. What should a budding engineer—or even an experienced one—read for a better understanding of the science and trade? And how does engineering help make our lives better every day?

From popsicle sticks to soap, you probably already have the tools to let your kid experiment at home. If you have a middle-schooler in your family, this book is a must-have. It’s part of a more extensive series that focuses on providing kid-friendly education. It covers topics like the scientific method, the periodic table, and so much more.

Spin the Golden Light Bulb image and description via IndieBound. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind image and description via Scholastic. The Fourteenth Goldfish image and description via Penguin Random House. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate image and description via MacMillan Publishers. The Friendship Code #1 image and description via Penguin Random House. A Computer Called Katherine image and description via Little, Brown and Company Young Readers.

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