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August 16, 2018

7 great new book recommendations for National Science Week

Across Australia, organisations are celebrating National Science Week, with events taking place all over Victoria. If you can’t make it to an event, fear not! There are a ton of ways you can celebrate science and innovation both during National Science Week, and every other week of the year.

Looking for a new area of science to explore? One of Deakin’s lecturers in Science Education, George Aranda, has a great blog called Science Book a Day that helps people “build an understanding and engagement with science in their own way.” George has provided a list of seven great new book recommendations across a variety of areas in science, so there’s something for everyone here.

Check out his website for reviews and more information, and happy National Science Week!

1. Technology

Exactly: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World, by Simon Winchester

2. Biology, Genetics

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity, by Carl Zimmer (Biology, Genetics)

Read George’s review

3. Psychology, Hallucinogenic Drugs

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, by Michael Pollan

Read George’s review

4. Dinosaurs

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World, by Steve Bussatte

5. Maths, Physics

Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray, by Sabine Hossenfelder

6. Technology, Computing, AI, Ethics

Robot Ethics 2.0: From Autonomous Cars to Artificial Intelligence, by Patrick Lyn, Ryan Jenkins, Keith Abney

7. Biology, Domestication, Genetics

How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution by Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut

Read George’s review

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