July 30: Best of Quirks & Quarks - Holiday book show
In a holiday tradition, we look at a handful of books that you might want to pick up for reading, or to give to that special science-minded person on your "nice" list.
We look at some great science books for reading or gifting
Originally published on Dec. 17, 2021.
Books discussed on today's program include:
- Life as We Made It: How 50,000 Years of Human Innovation Refined—and Redefined—Nature, by Beth Shapiro. Read an excerpt of the interview here: Why humans should embrace our role as meddlers of nature — so that we can do it better
- The Star Builders: Nuclear Fusion and the race to Power the Planet, by Arthur Turrell
- How to Talk to a Science Denier: Conversations with Flat Earthers, Climate Deniers, and Others Who Defy Reason by Lee McIntyre. Read an excerpt of the interview here: How to convince a science denier to reconsider their beliefs
With reviews by science journalist Dan Falk of:
- The Genesis Quest: The Geniuses and Eccentrics on a Journey to Uncover the Origin of Life on Earth, by Michael Marshall
- The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality, by Kathryn Paige Harden
- Hawking Hawking: The Selling of a Scientific Celebrity, by Charles Seife
- Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality, by Frank Wilczek