Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Science Book Challenge

Dates: January 1st through December 31t of 2009

Host: Science Besieged

For details: Click here.

The Challenge (put simply): Read at least 3 science books.

My list of possibles:

*The Scientists: A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors by John Gribbin

*Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley

*The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley

*The Diversity of Life by E.O. Wilson

*Climbing Mount Improbable by Richard Dawkins

*Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach

*Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form by Michael Sims

*Into the Jungle: Great Adventures in the Search for Evolution by Sean B. Carroll

*The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

*Civilization and the Limpet by Martin Wells

*Why Geese Don't Get Obese (And We Do) by Eric P. Widmaier

*When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy

*Cheating Monkeys and Citizen Bees: The Nature of Cooperation in Animals and Humans by Lee Dugatkin

*Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson

*The Snakebite Survivors' Club: Travels Among Serpents by Jeremy Seal

*Extinction: Bad Genes or Bad Luck? by David M Raup

*The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind by Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin

*Unearthing the Dragon by Mark Norell

*Antipode: Seasons with the Extraordinary Wildlife and Culture of Madagascar by Heather E. Heying

*Stalking the Plumed Serpent and Other Adventures in Herpetology by D. Bruce Means

*Throwim Way Leg: Tree-Kangaroos, Possums and Penis Gourds--On the Track of Unknown Mammals in Wildest New Guinea by Tim Flannery

*Among Orangutans: Read Apes and the Rise of Human Culture by Carel Van Schaik

*A Primate's Memoir by Robert Sapolsky

*The Wisdom of the Bones by Alan Walker and Pat Shipman

*A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

*Animal Minds by Donald R. Griffin

*King Solomon's Ring by Konrad Lorenz

*Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan

*Life on a Little Known Planet by Howard Evans

*Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer

*A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

*How to Dunk a Doughnut: The Science of Everyday Life by Len Fisher

*Nature of Australia: A Portrait of the Island Continent by John Vandenbeld

*The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

*Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1928 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It by Gina Kolata

*The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson

*Flushed: How the Plumber Saved Civilization by W. Hodding Carter

*The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, The Epidemic that Shaped Our History by Molly Caldwell Crosby

*The Survival Factor by Mike and Tim Birkhead

*Of Kinkajous, Capybaras, Horned Beetles, Seladangs, and the Oddest and ost Wonderful Mammals, Insects, Birds, and Plants of Our World by Jeanne K. Hanson and Deane Morrison

*Why Aren't Black Holes Black? by Robert M. Hazen

*The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming by Laurie David and Cambria Gordon

*The Secret Life of Germs: What They Are, Why We Need Them, and How We Can Protect Ourselves Against Them by Philip M. Tierno, Jr., Ph.D.

*The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA by Mark Schultz


jns said...

Debi, this is a fabulous list of titles. Some of the authors are known to me and I know you'll enjoy them; others are new, and that's always exciting. Not to mention that some of the book titles are very provocative. I look forward to hearing your opinions.

I hope it's okay that I've gone ahead and added your name to the official challengers' page. Contact me if I need to fix something.

Nymeth said...

Thank you so much for this list! So many reading ideas.