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Popular Science Lounge
« on: September 08, 2009, 03:16:32 pm »

Sit on comfy chairs here and talk about popular science books. Which ones did you enjoy most, or least? Do you think they're good for science education and learning? What do you really wish someone would write a book about? Recommend them, argue about them, point people to them, agree or disagree with any book reviews about them.

My experience is varied; I have seen some absolute trash and some gems that explain more science to me than any thick textbook. BANG! and Marcus Chown's The Magic Furnace are two examples. I'm reading Ben Goldacre's "Bad Science" right now, but it's so good my parents have pinched it and I keep hearing them howling with laughter! Personally, I think more popular science should be around in schools - I know it's too much to expect the kids to read all of it, but it does explain things in a better way than chunky textbooks often do. But perhaps I'm cut out to be an amateur for life. What do the rest of you think?