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You will need to read a fun science book of your choosing and write 1-2 page summary including your opinion on the book. Listed below are some book ideas. If you would like to read something not on this list, you need to first have the book approved. The report must be word processed and include the proper book citation.
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Reading list for book report
The following books are on reserve at our library:
Blink: the power of thinking without thinking
[ Book] 153.44 Gla Gladwell, Malcolm, 1963-
Published 2005 ~
The weather makers: how man is changing the climate and What it means for
life on Earth [ Book] 363.73874 Fla Flannery, Tim F. (Tim Fridtjof), 1956- Published 2006
Field notes from a catastrophe: man, nature, and climate change
[ Book] 363.73874 Kol Kolbert, Elizabeth. Published 2006
Plows, plagues, and petroleum: how humans took control of climate
[ Book] 363.73874 Rud Ruddiman, W. F. (William F.), 1943Published 2005
The fly in the ointment: 70 fascinating commentaries on the science of
everyday life [ Book] 500 Sch Schwarcz, Joseph A. Published 2004
Acid tongues and tranquil dreamers: eight scientific rivalries that changed the
world [ Book] 509 Whi White, Michael, 1959Published 2002
Napoleon's buttons: how 17 molecules changed history
[ Book] 540 Lec Le Couteur, Penny. Published 2003
Dr. Joe and what you didn't know: 177 fascinating questions and answers
about the chemistry of everyday life. [ Book] 540 Sch Schwarcz, Joseph A. Published 2003
The genie in the bottle: 64 all new commentaries on the fascinating
chemistry of everyday life. [ Book] 540 Sch Schwarcz, Joseph A. Published 2001
Radar, hula hoops and playful pigs: 67 digestible commentaries on the
fascinating chemistry of everyday life [Book] 540 Sch Schwarcz, Joseph A. Published 2002
That's the way the cookie crumbles: 62 all-new commentaries on the
fascinating chemistry of everyday life.
[Book] 540 Sch Schwarcz, Joseph A. Published 2002
Mendeleyev's dream: the quest for the elements [ Book] 540.9 Str Strathern,
Paul, 1940-. Published 2000
Lavoisier in the year one: the birth of a new science in an age of revolution
[Book] 540.92 Bel Bell, Madison
Smartt. Published 2005
Master mind: the rise and fall of Fritz Haber, the Nobel laureate who
launched the age of chemical warfare
[ Book] 540.92 Cha Charles, Daniel, 1960Published 2005
Obsessive genius: the inner world of Marie Curie [ Book] 540.92 Gol
Goldsmith, Barbara. Published 2005
Stories of the invisible: a guided tour of molecules [ Book] 541.22 Bal Ball, Philip, 1962-. Published 2001
The ingredients: a guided tour of the elements [ Book] 546 Bal Ball, Philip, 1962-. Published 2002
Hydrogen: the essential element [ Book] 546.2 Rig Rigden, John S.
The 13th element: the sordid tale of murder, fire, and phosphorus. [Book]
546.712 Ems Emsley, John. Published 2000
Stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers [ Book] 611 Roa Roach, Mary.
The mold in Dr. Florey's coat: the story of the penicillin miracle [ Book]
615.3295654 Lax Lax, Eric. Published 2004
Elements of murder [ Book] 615.9 Ems Emsley, John. Published 2005
Invisible enemies: stories of infectious disease [ Book] 616.909 Far
Farrell, Jeanette. Published 1998
Molecular gastronomy: exploring the science of flavor [ Book] 664.072
Thi This, Herve. Published 2006
Mauve: how one man invented a color that changed the world [ Book]
666.257 Gar Garfield, Simon. Published 2001
The following are not in our library:
The Axemaker's Gift, James Burke
Fascinating history of technology covering what we lose as well as what ~ we gain from each new technological revolution.
Black Stars: African American Women Scientists and Inventors, Ortha Sullivan and Jim Haskins Twenty-five mostly unsung women of color and their contributions.
Brainstorm: The Stories of Twenty Kid Inventors, Tom Tucker
Ever eaten a Popsicle, kept your ears warm with earmuffs, or resealed your breakfast cereal with the built-in cardboard tab on the box top? Thank a kid inventor.
Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science, Atul Gawande
Ruminations on surgery and fallible doctoring from the admired New
Dead Reckoning: The New Science of Catching Killers, Michal Baden and Marion Roach This delightfully creepy book tells how forensic investigation can bring murderers to justice or free an innocent on death row.
The Double Helix, James Watson
The classic insiders' story of the race to describe the structure of DNA
The Encyclopedia of Preserved People: Pickled, Frozen, and Mummified Corpses from Around the World, Natalie Jane Prior
Egyptian mummies, bog bodies, Einstein's brain, and the Ice Man can tell us things that skeletons can't.
The Evolution of Useful Things, Henry Petroski
Learn the origins of the fork, scotch tape, and other tools of living.
Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Howard Gardner
Arguing against the long-held notion that intelligence is a unitary trait, Gardner asserts that humans have several different types of intelligence including linguistic, logical-mathematical, kinesthetic, spatial, interpersonal, intrapersonal. and naturalistic.
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions of Women, Catherine Thimmesh Collective biography of women and girls who changed the world with their inventions. including "white-out" and the "snugli" baby carrier.
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883. Simon Winchester Recounts the cataclysmic volcanic explosion heard round the world; 40.000 died in fire, ash, and tidal waves.
Lincoln's DNA and Other Adventures in Genetics, Phillip Reilly
Thoughtful and fact-filled vignettes on the burgeoning applications of the genome: genetically engineered crops. DNA fingerprinting. cloning. gene therapy, and more. Highlights moral dilemmas. but mostly leaves them to the reader to wrestle.
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time, Dava Sobel In the early 1700s, sailors had no reliable way to determine their east west position. A remarkable clockmaker found the solution.
The New Way Things Work. David Macaulay
This grownup picture book by an architect/middle-school teacher de-
mystifies zippers. windmills. parking meters. meat grinders. jumbo jets.
jackhammers, electric guitars. egg beaters. and more.
The Periodic Table, Primo Levi
Levi. an Italian chemist who survived Auschwicz. uses elements from the periodic table to open each chapter of this allegorical look at scientific thinking-and human nature.
Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution, Francis Fukuyama The way genetic engineering is headed. We may not exactly be "human" anymore.
Raptor Red, Robert Bakker
The biography of an individual female dinosaur growing up. mating, raising her young. engaging in battles.
A Short History of the Universe, Peter Silk
Unlike most introductions to cosmology, this one uses beautiful illustrations to show what the big brains think is happening "out there."
Stephen Biesty's Incredible Cross Sections, Stephen Biesty
One of a series of beautifully illustrated books explaining the inner structure and workings of everything from jumbo jets to plywood.
They All Laughed: From Light Bulbs to Lasers, The Fascinating Stories Behind the Great Inventions That Have Changed Our Lives, Ira Flatow
NPR commentator tells how serendipity figured in many scientific discoveries and inventions, including teflon, lasers, xerography, and Velcro.
They Saw the Future: Oracles, Psychics, Scientists, Great Thinkers, and Pretty Good Guessers, Kathleen Krull
A well-illustrated exploration of the lives of 12 visionaries, from 700 B.C. ~
to the present, including Hildegard, Black Elk, Nostradamus, Jules Verne,
and Jeane Dixon.
To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design, Henry Petroski Witty professor of engineering explains the positive aspects of failure.
Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood, Oliver Sachs Growing up in a warm and talented scientific family.
The Whole Shebang, Tim Ferris
A plain language account of the various mechanisms believed to have contributed to the universe as we now know it, from the Big Bang to inflation to superstrings.
Why Buildings Fall Down, Matthys Levy and Mario Salvadori
Two engineers explain the most important and interesting structural failures in history, and especially in the 20th century.
Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences, Edward Tenner
Did you ever wonder why helmets make football more dangerous than rugby? Why the lines at ATMs are often longer than they used to be at human staffed teller window?