If you're planning some travels this summer (or even if you're just relaxing at home), why not bring a good book along? Authors Douglas Starr and Deborah Blum suggest their current favorite science reading material, and listen to listeners' suggestions.
Books mentioned on-air by Douglas Starr, Deborah Blum, Ira Flatow, and listeners during our May 20 broadcast:
The Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle
by Sara Wheeler.
Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity by James Hansen
The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear
by Seth Mnookin
A Planet of Viruses
by Carl Zimmer
Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution
by Holly Tucker
Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter
by Tom Bissell
The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture
by Wendell Berry
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
and The Invention of Air
by Steven Johnson
Present at the Creation: The Story of CERN and the Large Hadron Collider
by Amir Aczel.
The Nesting Season: Cuckoos, Cuckolds, and the Invention of Monogamy
by Bernd Heinrich
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot.
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean
by Susan Casey
Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation
by Andrea Wulf.
Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
and Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects
by Amy Stewart
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
by Sam Kean.
Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can do At Home - But Probably Shouldn't
by Theo Gray
The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science: 50 Experiments for Daring Young Scientists
by Sean Connolly.
Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World
by Jane McGonigal.
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
by Sherry Turkle
Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us
by Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman.
The Story of Charlotte's Web: E. B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic
by Michael Sims.
Books suggested by listeners via email, Facebook, and Twitter:
The Age of Wonder: The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Science
by Richard Holmes
Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology by Eric Brende
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow
The Character of Physical Law (Messenger Lectures, 1964) Richard Feynman
The Control of Nature by John McPhee
The Death and Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival by Dr. Stephen R Palumbi and Ms Carolyn Sotka
Death from a Distance and the Birth of a Humane Universe: Human Evolution, Behavior, History, and Your Future by Paul M. Bingham and Joanne Souza
The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball
The Dynamics of Change by Don Fabun
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Briane Greene
Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity by David Foster Wallace
Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott
The Feynman Lectures on Physics including Feynman's Tips on Physics: The Definitive and Extended Edition by Richard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton and Matthew Sands
For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge Of Time - A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics by Walter Lewin and Warren Goldstein
From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time by Sean M. Carroll
The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed by John Vaillant
The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins
The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World by Paul Gilding
Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground by Kevin Poulsen
Lab Coats in Hollywood: Science, Scientists, and Cinema by David A. Kirby
Math Through the Ages: A Gentle History for Teachers and Others, Expanded Edition by William P. Berlinghoff
The Mind's Eye by Oliver Sacks
Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk by Massimo Pigliucci
Organic Manifesto: How Organic Food Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe by Maria Rodale
Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America by John M. Barry
The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe by Roger Penrose
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) by Richard Feynman, Ralph Leighton, Edward Hutchings, and Albert R. Hibbs
They All Laughed... From Light Bulbs to Lasers: The Fascinating Stories Behind the Great Inventions That Have Changed Our Lives by Ira Flatow
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant