Book Hunters #107: Readable Science

A very well-adjusted and successful highschooler recently told me, "Smart is the new dumb," which doesn't make much sense in any context but high school. It seems that a generation of young people have come to the revolutionary notion that intelligence is a good thing. I don't know about you, but when I was in high school, it wasn't cool to get good grades. It wasn't cool to learn for the sake of learning. Consequently, I knew a lot of really smart people who pretended that the only thing they had on their mind was their hair. Thankfully things have changed for the better which is probably at least partially responsible for the fact that some of the best writing being done today is science writing. Below are just a few of the highly readable and, entertaining nonfiction books on a variety of science topics.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

Thinking in Numbers by Daniel Tammet

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson

The Universe Within by Neil Shubin

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

You say your smarts lay outside the world of science? You say you don't know neutrino from nutella, but you always figure out whodunnit before the detective? Bully! Just tell the Book Hunters what you like to read and we'll make you a custom reading list.