UM Scientists’ Recommendations on Science Books

At the Scientists Fair, the participating scientists provided recommendations of books about the topics of which they have expertise, that are written for non-scientists.  If you were unable to attend the event, or would like to get the full listing, then see below.  And there are links to the Ann Arbor District Library for convenience in case you’d like to check them out.

EVOLUTION (Dr. Gerald Smith)

  • The Greatest Show on Earth: Evidence for Evolution. Richard Dawkins. (AADL) (audio)
  • Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5 Billion Year History of the Human Body. Neil Shubin. (AADL)
  • Why Evolution is True. Jerry Coyne. (AADL)
  • The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time. Jonathan Weiner. (AADL)

CLIMATE CHANGE (Dr. Henry Pollack)

  • A World Without Ice. Henry Pollack. (AADL)
  • Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast. David Archer. (PDF)
  • The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines. Michael Mann. (AADL)
  • Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. Naomi Oreskes. (AADL)

PARTICLE PHYSICS (Sean Tulin, Brian Nord)

  • The Mystery of the Missing Antimatter. Helen Quinn and Yossi Nir. (AADL)
  • Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World. Lisa Randall. (AADL) (audio)
  • The God Particle. Leon Lederman. (AADL)
  • The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God. Carl Sagan. (AADL) (note: Brian added that he recommends anything by Sagan)
  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out. Richard Feynman. (AADL) (audio)
  • The Very First Light: The True Inside Story Of The Scientific Journey Back To The Dawn Of The Universe. John Mather and John Boslough. (AADL)

THE BIG BANG (Eric Bell and Monica Valluri)

  • Big Bang: the Origin of the Universe. Simon Singh. (AADL)
  • Just Six Numbers: the Deep Forces that Shape the Universe. Martin Rees. (AADL)
  • A Brief History of Time. Stephen Hawking. (AADL)
  • How the Universe got its spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space. Janna Levin. (Amazon)
  • The Cosmos: A Beginner’s Guide. (DVD) (AADL)
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos : Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality. Brian Greene. (AADL)
  • The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy and the Accelerating Cosmos. Robert Kirshner. (AADL) (note: Eric added that this was written by a former UM professor who narrowly missed out on the Nobel Prize for discovering accelerated expansion of the Universe)
  • Cycles of Time. An Extraordinary New View Of The Universe. Roger Penrose. (AADL)
  • The Illustrated Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe. Stephen Hawking. (AADL)
  • You Are Here: A Portable History of the Universe. Christopher Potter. (AADL)
  • (for children) Galaxies and the Universe. (AADL)
  • (for children) Universe. Robin Kerrod. (AADL)

EXPLORING MARS (Nilton Renno, Germán Martinez, Shaneen Braswell)

  • The Search for Life on Other Planets. Bruce Jakosky. (AADL)
  • The New Worlds  – Extrasolar Planets. Fabienne Casoli and Thérèse Encrenaz. (AADL)
  • Life in Space: Astrobiology for Everyone. Lucas John Mix. (AADL)
  • How to Find a Habitable Planet. James Kasting. (University of Michigan Alumnus) (Amazon) (Soon to be in paperback)
  • The Planet Mars: A History of Observation and Discovery. William Sheehan (Amazon)
  • Mars: The Living Planet. Barry DiGregorio. (Amazon)
  • What is Life?: With Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches. Erwin Schrodinger. (Amazon)
  • Talking about Life: Conversations on Astrobiology. Chris Impey. (Amazon)
  • Destination Mars: New Explorations of the Red Planet. Rod Pyle. (Amazon)

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