I am looking for something in the area of science biography. Particularly, I enjoy reading about the inner lives of great minds. I'm not really interested in gossipy type info, but more about the personal growth and development of the scientist him/herself that paralleled their work. [more inside]
posted by JanewayJunior
on Feb 22, 2014 -
I again have time to consume books like a cookie-monster. I've avoided lists of classics-by-genera because I tend to like only 5% of what's on them. It's not that I specifically like reading dystopias or sci-fi - I liked the Poisonwood Bible for instance, as much if not more than Lord of the Rings.
In addition to book recommendations, it would also be useful if, given the books listed below, you have any ideas for other trends that could help me search out books myself. Your advice is much appreciated! :) [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh
on Jan 25, 2014 -
My soon-to-be-17-year-old niece is interested in pursuing forensic science as a career. What are the best books on the subject that would both entertain and inform her? Fiction and non-fiction suggestions are welcome.
posted by Paris Elk
on Nov 16, 2013 -
Imagine you're allowed to give a nobel prize for five of the most seminal books of the past 50-60 years in whatever field you're interested and/or invested in. What would they be?
The Nobel is usually given out to applied research and application and theory is eschewed. In this case you can give it to theoretical works as well. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue
on Sep 6, 2013 -
I'm looking for two books, one biology, one chemistry. They are related to GCSE, they say that on the front of the books, but I don't know if they're licensed. One has a green cover, one has a blue cover, but they both have pictures on the front. The good thing about these books is that they explain scientific concepts through diagrams in one-pagers, which are conveniently in both Chinese and English. Help me find these books? [more inside]
posted by sarae
on Aug 14, 2013 -
I am looking for books where master scientists or engineers describe their philosophy of the field they are working in or/and treat semi-technical topics in a playful, essayistic manner. Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by jarekr
on Aug 1, 2013 -
When I was a kid, I was totally enamored of dinosaurs. I seem to have lost my affinity for them in the years since. I quit paying attention to developments in paleontology. Apparently there's been a lot that I missed, like that the dominant theory now is that modern birds are descended from a dinosaur species (I think?). And I hear velociraptors had feathers. So I need not just updates, but a good primer for adults because I've forgotten everything I used to know about them.
Can anyone recommend some good modern books or documentaries on dinosaurs to rekindle the flame of dino-love?
posted by Sleeper
on Jun 3, 2013 -
Years ago I saw a flickr set (I think) of the covers of a vintage series of books on science and engineering. Each cover (under the dust jacket) was a single color and featured a simple embossed diagram of the book's topic (e.g rockets, electricity & magnetism), with no text. They were gorgeous. Please help me find the series title!
posted by you're a kitty!
on Jan 6, 2013 -
Great non-fiction books for a smart 9 year old search: my kindle owning niece is embarking on summer vacation. I'd like to gift her some good books to fill up her summer days... she reads a huge amount, and I'd really like to encourage this. She's nine but has a roughly 9th grade reading level, so she's definitely capable of handling somewhat advanced books, and she's curious about a wide range of things. Really I'm looking for pretty much anything non-fiction & interesting. [more inside]
posted by lyra4
on Jun 24, 2012 -
I want to mainline wonder! Recommend me nonfiction books or films (science, nature, history, culture, the human mind) that will make me fall in love with the world we live in. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island
on Apr 15, 2012 -
Is there a science fiction book club with really good (nebula, hugo, clarke award quality) books? I love Stross, Schroeder, Vinge, Bacigalupi, Chiang, Stephenson, Reynolds & Mieville ...but I've already read everything they've written. How can I separate the wheat from the chaff with new or unknown authors?
posted by leotrotsky
on Mar 29, 2012 -
I saw Cave Of Forgotten Dreams
and loved it. Now I want to read more about early human history. Please recommend some good books on the beginnings of human art in particular and the emergence of human society and the beginnings of conciousness in general. I'm not a scientist and I'm not looking for a textbook, but I'm not afraid of a challenging read, either.
posted by vibrotronica
on Mar 26, 2012 -
What books and short stories would you use for a class trying to teach about science by reading science fiction? [more inside]
posted by straight
on Feb 29, 2012 -
We are a group of mid-20s to mid-30s life-science phd students that have started a book club. Our first book was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and was a great fit for us. Please recommend others that you think might appeal to such a group. Thanks!
posted by sickinthehead
on Jan 12, 2012 -
Why does banging two pebbles together make a weird smell? I remember reading about this in a book of eclectic scientific essays. Apparently, when you bang two rocks together it makes a smoky odor ONLY if you have touched the surface with your skin. [more inside]
posted by gray17
on Dec 6, 2011 -
For Christmas, I want to give my Dad a collection of thought-provoking, idea-filled things to read or listen to - things that inspire discussion, reflection, imagination, and curiosity. His specific preferences and a few ideas I've had already are inside. [more inside]
posted by Cygnet
on Dec 4, 2011 -
So I need more science fiction by and/or about queer folks. Special snowflake request details follow. [more inside]
posted by Frowner
on Aug 4, 2011 -
I need some new audiobooks! I'm a screen printer and find that listening to an audiobook helps me to focus and get more done during the day and consequently, I get through 3-4 books a week. I'll listen to just about anything (science fiction, biographies, western, you name it), as long as it's engaging but doesn't require too much concentration. I've listed my favorites below. Tell me what you've enjoyed listening to and what I've been missing! [more inside]
posted by emilygraves05
on Jun 11, 2011 -
Looking for suggestions for a novel for Jewish/Christian 7th graders that explores religion-- extra points for sci fi! [more inside]
posted by akabobo
on May 29, 2011 -
I'm working with an English teacher that has a speculative fiction class for seniors in high school. He’s looking for a book (possibly something he would use as a supplement in class but also for his own personal reading) on the history of science fiction literature. He’s looking for something that is a retrospective and contains some literary criticism (optional). It can be a textbook but doesn’t necessarily need to be. There seems to be quite a few on Amazon but if I could get it narrowed down that would be great.
posted by crios
on Jan 31, 2011 -
I'm looking for some good, meaty non-fiction to read over Christmas break while I'm home from grad school. Something with difficult ideas, yet readable and contemporary, and taking a fairly "big picture" view of a particular field. Any suggestions? Examples below. [more inside]
posted by decoherence
on Dec 12, 2010 -
Is there a term for travel accounts of explorers, both fictional and real-life? Also, tell me some of your favorites. [more inside]
posted by actionpact
on Dec 11, 2010 -
I'm interested in learning everything there is to know about waves. Sound waves, ocean waves, light waves, electromagnetic waves, waves in math, in economics, brain waves, etc, etc.... [more inside]
posted by empath
on Sep 7, 2010 -
Looking for fiction books, tv shows, movies, etc, that have something interesting to say about memory-- e.g., why we remember some things but forget others, the quality of memories, anything like that. [more inside]
posted by dino might
on Aug 12, 2010 -
I just finished reading Pat Cadigan's Tea From An Empty Cup
which is one of the texts of my Lit and Tech Hons course. I started thinking about why the author refers to her world as AR (Artificial Reality) as opposed to VR (Virtual Reality), and that raised all kinds of questions about identity, real, fake and simulacra.
So I'm curious to know what people see as the difference (if any) between VR and AR.
posted by New England Cultist
on May 13, 2010 -
Wolframm's "A New Kind of Science" is a very thick book that would require a significant investment of time to read through. I'm interested in the computational modeling of complex adaptive systems and have heard it recommended as an interesting read. I've also seen it described as a huge load of crap. Is it worth the bother?
posted by moorooka
on Mar 28, 2010 -
BookFilter: I'm looking for a book for my (26-year-old) brother on what I'd call "kitchen chemistry"; i.e. cool experiments that you can do at home just for the sake of making something awesome happen. [more inside]
posted by teraspawn
on Feb 17, 2010 -
Which books can a physicist and a liberal arts type trade to gain a deeper appreciation of literature and science, respectively? Ideally, these would be books we could both read and enjoy. [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize
on Nov 2, 2009 -
Looking for book recs about sci-fi, specifically about gender issues and jetpack-related physics. [more inside]
posted by mumble
on Aug 23, 2009 -
Do you know of any old books which predicted (correctly or incorrectly) 'future' advances and applications of emergent technology? [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack
on Jun 25, 2009 -
What small, easy-to-carry-around books provide a satisfying introduction to mathematic and scientific fields, topics and/or concepts? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh
on Feb 28, 2009 -