Relearning Science Basics

This past weekend I made a five-hour drive across the state to my hometown near Scranton, PA. To make the drive a little more interesting, I borrowed the audiobook version of Natalie Angier’s The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science. If you’re not already familiar, Natalie Angier is a science writer for The New York Times. The Canon is her attempt to write a book that explains the most crucial aspects of the major hard sciences from physics through astronomy, and she does a terrific job of it.

In fact, she did such a good job that all I’ve been thinking about since being immersed in 13.25 hours of science love is how much more I need to learn. Of course, I now need to buy a stereoscopic microscope, a chemistry set, and a telescope. But I also need to read more too, so here are a few books where I might begin:

The Joy of Chemistry: The Amazing Science of Familiar Things by Cathy Cobb and Monty L. Fetterolf

Physics Made Simple by Christopher G. De Pree  

Biology: An Everyday Experience  by Albert Kaskel, Paul J. Hummer, and Lucy Daniel

Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide by Dinah L. Moche 

Earth: An Intimate History by Richard Fortey

Have you begun any new love affairs with knowledge lately?

–Wes

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  1. chaparroc

    How about
    Ecology for Gardeners
    Botany for Gardeners
    In case they didn’t teach you these things in high school and just the thing for summer!

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