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 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.

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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