A Great New Batch of Science Books in Time for Spring Reading

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A Great New Batch of Science Books in Time for Spring Reading

This year has been great for science books so far, and it’s great to see that trend is continuing over the next few months. I’ve always thought it’s important to understand the mechanics of the world we live in. There’s only a limited level non-scientists can reach (and even scientists are still grappling with the multiple questions that each answer about how the universe actually works brings us), but it’s easy to expand our knowledge and understanding through the many great books that scientists, educators, and science writers are releasing.

So, without further ado, check out these amazing books that are releasing in April, May and June of 2017 in this science book preview.

The Great Unknown; Lost Science; Astrophysics; Quarks to Culture; We Have No Idea; Aliens; Everyday Things; Inferior; Mass; Vacation Guide; 4th Rock

Swapna Krishna is a freelance writer, editor and giant space/sci-fi geek.

The Great Unknown: Seven Journeys to the Frontiers of Science

Author: Marcus du Sautoy
Publisher: Viking

Science is how we explain ourselves and the universe around us. From the macro to the micro, we turn to science for an explanation for the things we don't understand. But are there limits to science? Where are its frontiers? That's what Marcus du Sautoy explores in this book. He discusses limits of what we know on subjects such as quantum mechanics, the universe, and time, reminding us that once, things we take for granted today were merely discoveries waiting to happen.

Lost Science: Astonishing Tales of Forgotten Genius

Author: Kitty Ferguson
Publisher: Sterling

Lost stories and discoveries in science are in the forefront of our minds after the success of Hidden Figures, which is why Kitty Ferguson's collection is so interesting. This book spans centuries to bring readers stories of chemists, nuclear physicists, astronomers, and more who have been lost to history. Ferguson is an acclaimed pop science writer, so you can bet her stories will be colorful and entertaining.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Author: Neil dGrasse Tyson
Publisher: W.W. Norton

If you've only ever read astrophysics books by one author, chances are that person is Neil deGrasse Tyson. A veritable ambassador of space and space science, he has done an incredible job explaining science (in a non-condescending way) to people who aren't well-versed with it, and even more importantly, making it interesting. His latest book is short, just over 200 pages, but it is a great introduction/primer to the basic concepts of astrophysics to those who are unfamiliar with them.

Quarks to Culture: How We Came to Be

Author: Tyler Volk
Publisher: Columbia University Press

As the human race, we are societies composed of humans composed of atoms composed of quarks. Every type of thing we are is composed of other, smaller things coming together, whether you're looking at the largest macro levels or the smallest micro levels. That's the nature of our world, and that nested state of existence is just what Tyler Volk examines in his book Quarks to Culture. How did we come to be this way? And where are we going from here?

We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe

Author: Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson
Publisher: Riverhead Books

There's a lot that we still don't know about the universe. University professor (and comics creator!) Jorge Cham has teamed up with particle physicist Daniel Whiteson to illustrate the most unknown of unknowns throughout our universe in a unique way. It's basically an illustrated primer to everything we don't know about science. If you love complex concepts explained in new and fascinating ways, take a look at what these two have done in this book.

Aliens: The World's Leading Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Author: Jim Al-Khalili
Publisher: Picador

This collection doesn't tackle the giant question of whether aliens exist. It moves one step beyond that to examine how exactly we're looking for alien life. What steps are scientists taking to look for extraterrestrial life? What new technologies have we developed? How have our ways of thinking and searching changed over the years? This collection of essays on the topic promises to simultaneously answer questions and challenge us to think of this issue from every angle.

The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day

Author: James Kakalios
Publisher: Crown

What happens when you toast your bread in the morning? When you pour your cup of coffee? In this book, James Kakalios takes readers through the physics that surrounds them in everyday life. Our lives are governed by physics; the tools we rely on every day are in turn reply on physics. This illuminating book breaks down the science behind everyday things through the course of using them over one day.

Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story

Author: Angela Saini
Publisher: Beacon Press

Women were once (and are often still) thought of as the "inferior" sex—but why is that? We're constantly told that women are fundamentally different, emotionally driven, while men are better at math and science. New research, though, points to the fact that women are, indeed, just as good at logic and spatial reasoning than men. How and why did science so completely fail women, and what is being done to rectify that? This book shines a new light at the gender divide that seems to be so ubiquitous in STEM.


Author: Jiim Baggott
Publisher: Oxford University Press

We all learned what mass is in school, but it seems as though science has become infinitely more complicated than that. Jim Baggott reorients the discussion away from the complexity that quantum mechanics provides and instead focuses again on that thing that we were once so sure of: mass. Baggott discusses the nature of matter, what we've learned over the years through recent discoveries, and why the very nature of our reality and everything we know is being questioned.

Vacation Guide to the Solar System

Author: Olivia Koski and Jana Grcevich
Publisher: Penguin Books

Based on the cover of this book, the illustrations alone are enough of a reason to want to pick this up. It's a combination of a fun, hypothetical book about the ability to easily travel to destinations within our solar system, but all the facts are grounded in science. If you were to travel to Venus, what would you see when you got there? (not much, probably, because of its thick cloud cover.) If you love gorgeous presentation, this is the book for you.