Reading books indeed feeds your imagination, and there is no greater way to increase your intellectual capability than by reading books on science. Passionate readers are always on the look out for something that excites them, and science is one of those topics that seizes to amaze even the seasoned professionals. Therefore, in this article, we take a look at some of best science books that provide accurate scientific information and harness interest in the mind of every avid reader. Our article has something for every age group and the books are in no particular order.
10. Janice VanCleave’s Earth Science for Every Kid: 101 Easy Experiments that Really Work
A book that can work great with students of elementary school up to middle school. The splendidly written book contains 101 thoroughly tested and safe experiments that develop the understanding of earth and science. Each experiment has a purpose; the tools required, the procedures, any cautionary measures and the scientific explanation in the end for the results.
9. Mistakes That Worked by Charlotte Works
This book describes the incredible stories behind some of the craziest inventions and discoveries in history. From everyday day items, such has potato chips to the famous ones like ” the leaning tower of Pisa”. There are a total of 40 of these tales that are sure to surprise yet inspire the young readers at the same time.
8. The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science: 64 Daring Experiments for Young Scientists by Sean Connolly
Parents should be alarmed by the cover but this books brings the excitement in learning practical science like no other. The term Irresponsible is quite generous actually as most experiments are safe to perform even for ten-year-olds. The book maintains a fine balance in providing excitement in the name science while not providing a boring learning experience.
7. Eureka: Discovering Your Inner Scientist by Chad Orzel (16.88$)
The Author Chard Orzel is himself an accomplished physicist and a great science enthusiast. In this book, he argues that science is around us and makes the reader appreciate the learning of science by co-relating the solution to everyday problems with physics. It is a great read for someone who is not from a scientific background as the author tries to convey the same that science is more than just a body of tedious abstract facts and mathematics.
6. 5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) by National Geographic Kids
There is not much to say about this book as the title is self-explanatory. 5000 awesome facts deal various topics such chemistry, nature and physics providing insightful information along the way. The colorfully illustrated book is sure to grab the readers attention, and that is just as well since the book is specifically written for kids.
5. The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier
A book that truly tells the reader where and how the science is happening in everything we do. Instead of revising through high school physics and mathematics, the author uses her discussions with the leading scientists to make understandable analogies for the common man. Or to put it simply the book strives to “to make the invisible visible, the distant neighborly, the ineffable affable.”
4. An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming Al Gore
The documentary of the same by Al-Gore was very well known, and the book is practically on similar lines. Al-Gore deals with the reality of global warming, and the book is adequately titled as “An Inconvenient Truth” because much like the documentary, the book informs the reader about the very real perils of global warming. Though it paints a bleak picture for mankind in the future if we continue our present ways, but it does give hope when Al Gore argues that it’s still not late to resurrect from the damages we have done to our planet.
3. Cosmos By Carl Sagan(1980), Foreword by Neil Degrasse Tyson
The legendary science book had the TV show adaptation of the same name and is written by a Pulitzer Prize-winning astronomer, Carl Sagan. Carl Sagan wrote this book with the aim of explaining complex scientific ideas to anyone who is interested in learning. At the time, the book became the bestselling science book ever and since Sagan believed that the Television was a great learning asset, the book was transformed into a TV show with its 13 chapters corresponding to 13 different episodes. 36 yeas on and the book remains hugely popular with the masses which can be seen as recently as a revised version with Neil Degrasse Tyson’s foreword.
2. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Brill Bryson
Written in 2004, the Author deals with the broad time base from the primordial emptiness to the present. Since the books covers such a wide range of topics from the formation of the smallest particles to the explosions of the biggest stars, it can be a great read for high schoolers trying to understand the role of science in our lives.
1. A Brief History of time by Stephen Hawking
It is safe to say that Stephen Hawking is the most genius mind of our time, and we are privileged to have a man of his intellect among us. One of the physicist’s most renowned pieces of work, the book deals with profound questions such as “Is the Universe never ending”, “Does time only travel forwards?”, “What were the origins of the universe?” or “What are Black holes and can they alter the fabric of space & time ?”. A prize-winning best seller that everyone and anyone interested in expanding their view of the universe around should read.