10 entertaining science books
Science and technology lie at the heart of so much that is good about modern life. As researchers rush to create a COVID-19 vaccine, let’s begin with a chillingly prescient extract from Bill Bryson’s entertaining 2019 book The Body: A Guide for Occupants. Bryson quotes Dr Michael Kinch, Director of the Center for Drug Discovery at Washington University:
“The fact is we are really no better prepared for a bad outbreak today than we were when Spanish flu killed tens of millions of people a hundred years ago. The reason we haven’t had another experience like that isn’t because we have been especially vigilant. It’s because we have been lucky.”
Here are some of my favourite science-related books. I’ve ended my list with a fiction book, The Martian, as it’s loaded with science and a great way to take your mind of the situation on Earth.
Electronic Universe, David Bodanis
The Body: A Guide for Occupants, Bill Bryson
A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
Chasing the Monsoon, Alexander Frater
The Barmaid’s Brain and Other Strange Tales From Science, Jay Ingram
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Mary Roach
Longitude, Dava Sobel
The Mechanical Turk, Tom Standage
A Fish Caught in Time the Search for the Coelacanth, Samantha Weinberg
The Martian, Andy Weir
There are plenty of others that I can recommend. Let me know if you’d like more reading suggestions.