Popular Science Writing | Wyatt’s World

With books as diverse as Emily Anthes’s Frankenstein’s Cat, Mary Roach’s Gulp, and Amy Stewart’s The Drunken Botanist, popular science titles are making a stir. Readers will find interest in new spring titles.

Erwin Schrodinger and the Quantum Revolution by John brontosaurus0419 Popular Science Writing | Wyatts World Gribbin (Wiley). Gribbin, a science writer known for his thought-provoking and accessible style, explores quantum mechanics and the beauty of scientific discovery.

Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein: Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe by Mario Livio (S.& S.). Livio investigates how failure can lead to breakthroughs, and by examining famous mistake, shows that science often leapfrogs forward at such points .

Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise by David Rothenberg (St. Martin’s). A creative, smart, and charming exploration of the intersection between music, insect sounds, and human perception.

My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs by Brian Switek (Scientific American/FSG). A rambling and wonderful trip across America exploring what scientists know about dinosaurs.

Letters to a Young Scientist by Edward O. Wilson (Liveright). Wilson, a Harvard biologist famous for his study of ants, talks about the scientific process, his career, and the importance of science.

Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at Readers_Shelf@comcast.net

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