Rebooting the science teaching library.

This is a very quick post inspired by this great crowdsourced list of Popular Science books by Kash Farooq http://thethoughtstash.wordpress.com/2013/02/16/a-list-of-must-read-popsci-books
(thanks @Bio_Joe).

The original intention for the science teaching library was to provide a similar list of books for teachers to read and recommend to their students. The posts started in the summer last year but petered out as my second year of teaching began and so the blog stagnated. It has, of course, found a new lease of life as the home of the weekly Science TV and Radio guide collated by myself and @MrsDrSarah.

As today is World Book Day here in the UK I think it’s time to restart the reviews. My goal therefore is one TV and Radio guide post and one science book post a week. Not an insurmountable challenge!

Keep reading and sharing your favourite science books. Join in with the hash tag #sciteachlib. And do read Kash’s excellent post; there are some great suggestions.

To do…

  • @rgoucher: Ark by Stephen Baxter covering space travel/warp drive physics (Alcubierre) and qualities needed for space travel. #SCITEACHLIB
  • @teachingofsci: The unnatural nature of science by Lewis Wolpert, now out of print. Best for 6th form. #sciteachlib
  • @SecretPhysicist: #sciteachlib Fabric of the Cosmos – Brian Greene (also The Elegant Universe).
  • @sarahwhiuk: #sciteachlib Brian Greene – The Elegant Universe (corny but helped get me into complicated Physics)
  • @Ange_K1: Mutant – http://t.co/Z29jyQLa #sciteachlib #YorkTU Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body: Amazon.co.uk: Armand Marie Leroi: Books http://t.co/Z29jyQLa
  • @Bio_Joe: #sciteachlib anything from @littleatoms previous guests http://t.co/lYS2snnf
  • @tom_hartley: #YorkTU QED R. Feynman. Tricky for school students but perhaps fuels interest. #sciteachlib http://t.co/MOeVog4R QED – The Strange Theory of Light and Matter Penguin Press Science: Amazon.co.uk: Richard P Feynman: Books
  • @ProfTentacles: @MissMolecules Science of Discworld #sciteachlib (not as odd as it sounds – great primer on all fields of science) @Arakwai
  • @LGolton: 1421 – Gavin Menzies – great applications of various branches of science to explain how the Chinese navigated the world #YorkTU #sciteachlib
  • @agittner: Element Poems of Roger McGough great for younger students #sciteachlib
  • @NeedhamL56: Gladwell Martin Outliers #sciteachlib #YorkTU
  • @moleycule: The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Benton #sciteachlib
  • @moleycule: The Earth: A Very Short Introduction by Martin Redfern #sciteachlib
  • @moleycule: For weird and wonderful science of reproduction, Promiscuity by Tim Birkhead #sciteachlib
  • @TeacherChemist: @LGolton @A_Weatherall “Uncle Tungsten – memories of a chemical boyhood” by Oliver Sacks #sciteachlib
  • @TeacherChemist: @LGolton @A_Weatherall Also every chem dept should have copies of Salters Chemical Storylines – puts A-level chem into context #sciteachlib
  • @agittner: RT @MarsCuriosity: Happy birthday, Ray Bradbury! My favorite Martian chronicler would have been 92 years old today #sciteachlib
  • @aweatherall #sciteachlib the young atheist’s handbook by @alomshaha
  • @viciascience “@thelonggoodread: Thomas Kuhn: the man who changed the way the world looked at science http://t.co/14qInKve #sciteachlib
  • @DrRacheal http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0091902681/ For the younger readers – Why does a Ball Bounce – Adam Hart Davies
  • @NeedhamL56 #sciteachlib Meaning making in Sec science classrooms Scott & Mortimer http://t.co/MJU547Zo
  • @HRogerson #sciteachlib (right hashtag?)@A_Weatherall books from the 50 ideas you really need to know series?pic.twitter.com/3KQVvLjv
  • @HRogerson Focus Magazine