Science Books for Curious Minds

Surprising and enlightening science books are available at the Lititz Public Library.

Astrophysics for People in a HurryAstrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Since few people have time to contemplate the cosmos, this book includes accessible chapters that share the science behind black holes, quarks, the search for life in the universe and more.

Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon by Jeffrey Kluger
After years of setbacks, in 1968, the Apollo program scheduled a mission that led to the first view of the far side of the moon and the first re-entry through the earth’s atmosphere following a flight to deep space.

We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson
With infographics, cartoons and lucid explanations of science, a comic creator and particle physicist explores the biggest unknowns in the universe and why these things are still mysteries.

Behave : The Biology of Humans at Our Best and WorstBehave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky
A celebrated neurologist examines both good and bad behavior to discuss why we do the things we do.

Now: The Physics of Time by Richard A. Muller
A concept that has puzzled both ancient philosophers and modern-day physicists, the author presents a theory to explain the enigmatic quality of “now”.

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of Stars by Dava Sobel
From the late 1800s through the mid-1900s, women were employed as calculators to interpret the observations their male counterparts made via telescope and later, to study stars on glass photographic plates.

The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle Over General Relativity by Pedro G. Ferreira
For over a century, physicists have been exploring, debating and sometimes neglecting Einstein’s theory of relativity in a quest to discover the history of the universe.

Pandora’s Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong by Paul A. Offit, M.D.
Exploring the most fascinating and significant scientific missteps, from opium’s rise as the pain reliever of choice to the rise of trans fats as the golden ingredient for tastier, cheaper food, the author presents seven cautionary lessons to separate good science from bad.

The Value of the Moon : How to Explore, Live, and Prosper in Space Using the Moon's ResourcesThe Value of the Moon: How to Explore, Live and Prosper in Space Using the Moon’s Resources by Paul D. Spudis
Lunar scientist argues that the U.S. can and should return to the moon in order to remain a world leader in space utilization and development.

The Book that Changed America: How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited the Nation by Randall Fuller
Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species influenced a diverse group of writers, abolitionists and social reformers in 1860 America.

Dinosaurs: How They Lived and Evolved by Darren Naish and Paul Barrett
Leading paleontology experts trace the evolution, anatomy, biology, behavior and lifestyle of a variety of dinosaurs.

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski
The key to unveiling the secrets of the cosmos can be found in examining ordinary objects and occurrences.

And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind : A Natural History of Moving AirAnd Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind: A Natural History of Moving Air by Bill Streever
Nature writer explores the wind and shares stories of wind-riding spiders, wind-sculpted landscapes, wind-generated power, wind-tossed airplanes and the interactions between wind and wars.

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are by Frans de Waal
The author investigates the scope and depth of animal intelligence using research involving crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, whales and chimpanzees.

May 19, 2017