11 September 2015

SB list on Science Friday

SB contributor joins NPR panel to discuss science storytelling and his favorite recent children’s science books.

ScienceFridayScientists’ Bookshelf returns from its summer hiatus with the news that SB friend and contributor Jacob Berkowitz is a scheduled guest today on NPR’s Science Friday. He’ll talk about his favorite children’s science books from the best-of-the-year group he assembled for SB.

Berkowitz will join University of California, Riverside, psychologist Jessica Montag and Brainpickings editor Maria Popova for a segment called “The Science of Story Time.” His picks?  Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm; Next Time You See the Moon by Emily Morgan; Body Bones by Shelley Rotner and David A. White; Get the Scoop on Animal Puke by Dawn Cusick; Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat by Gail Jarrow; and, not least, Chernobyl’s Wild Kingdom: Life in the Death Zone by Rachel Johnson.

10 February 2015

Road to Renewable

A physicist plots a plausible course for an all-renewable energy supply, encountering an occasional headwind along the way.

Energy Revolution: The Physics and the Promise of Efficient Technology. Mara Prentiss. 352 pages. Belknap/Harvard University Press.

12 November 2014

Strange Voyage

A distinguished science historian offers a personal compendium of what he finds most interesting about early modern science, with little attention to strict chronology.

Voyaging in Strange Seas: The Great Revolution in Science. David Knight. 334 pages. Yale University Press.

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