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Some good science books

February 8, 2009

I’ve been tagged by Allie at, and have been asked to list six non-technical science-y books.

This seems like as good a way to procrastinate my statistics homework as any, so here we go:

1) Fish: An Enthusiast’s Guide by Peter Moyle- this is an excellent description of the world of fish and fish scientists, and is written for a general audience. It is funny and informative, and is one of the greatest thematic inspirations for my upcoming book.

2) The Shark Chronicles: A Scientist Tracks the Consumate Predator by Jack Musick and Beverly McMillan. Jack Musick is one of the most famous shark scientists of all time, and his wife Beverly is a wonderful science writer. Their combined work is fascinating.

3) What we Believe but Cannot Prove: Today’s Leading Thinkers on Science in the Age of Uncertainty, edited by John Brockman. The editors asked 100 world leaders in various fields, including but not limited to scientific fields, what they believe to be the case while being unable to prove it- in other words, what they think the next big discovery will be in their field. While sometimes the results aren’t what the editor was hoping for, most are really interesting.

4) The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America’s Great White Sharks by Susan Casey. As much about shark scientists and how crazy we are as about sharks, this book is a window into my world that I still refuse to let my parents read.

5) Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution by Kenneth Miller. As a religious (Jewish, specifically) guy as well as a scientist, I’ve read many books to try to synthesize my two worldviews. None were as well written or as helpful as this volume.

6) The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution by Richard Dawkins. While I hate Richard Dawkins as a person with a fiery passion, when he writes books that aren’t about how religious people are dumb, the result is very interesting. In the style of the Canterbury Tales, this book traces life back from humans to bacteria, with interesting facts about everything in between. The Southern Fried Scientist and I used this to study for our Organismal Biology final- which might explain our less than stellar grades. I still recommend the book, though not as a substitute for actual studying.

Now I’m supposed to tag some other people and get them to do this as well.

Here we go. First of all, since he made fun of me for not reading the original instructions, I’m going to tag the Southern Fried Scientist at this very blog. I’ll also tag Kevin Z at deep sea news,  the Sea Steward at Sea Stewards, and Charlott the Goblin Girl at Underwater Thrills.

Happy reading!


5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 8, 2009 3:49 pm

    Hey! No tag backs!

  2. whysharksmatter permalink*
    February 8, 2009 3:51 pm

    You didn’t tag me, Allie did! You only told me about it. I always shoot the messenger. And I’ve liked most books you’ve recommended, so I figured our audience would as well

  3. whysharksmatter permalink*
    February 8, 2009 3:55 pm

    Nevermind, I can’t read. Andrew is correct, he tagged me and not Allie.

  4. February 8, 2009 3:56 pm

    someday soon, my friend, you shall discover how the internet works, and on that day, my fried fried friend, the tubes will truly be, a dump truck

  5. Allie permalink
    February 8, 2009 4:26 pm

    Actually, I was tagging both of you haha. Perhaps I should have clarified that. Either way I am happy, because I got to see both of your book lists. And David’s book is getting added to my list of recommendations once it comes out!!!

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